Man charged with 4th of July hit and run sentenced

Feb 18, 2013

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Gwinn man who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a Marquette woman with his vehicle and injuring her husband has been sentenced to prison.  

Luke Huotari

Luke Huotari, 31, was given 18 months to five years in prison Friday.  He had pleaded to two counts of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death.

Huotari was accused of hitting Bryan LaChapell, 39, and his wife Karin, 42, as they crossed South Front Street to watch the Marquette fireworks last year.  Huotari left the scene of the crash, but turned himself in to police three days later. 

Huotari has been given credit for 39 days already served.  His drivers license will be restricted once he’s released from prison.