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Second pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in city

October 22, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - In the second fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident in Marquette in two days, an Ishpeming man was killed Sunday night along U.S. 41 South.

Thomas Oral Pizziola, 31, was killed in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Marquette Police Department officers said the accident occurred at about 6:44 p.m. near the Econo Lodge.

A semi tractor-trailer operated by a 30-year-old Winnipeg, Manitoba, man - who police did not identify - was traveling south along U.S. 41. He noticed Pizziola walking north on the shoulder of the highway.

The driver changed lanes to the passing lane. Police said at that point, Pizziola crossed the road in front of the semi tractor-trailer and was struck.

Meanwhile, Marquette Police are continuing to investigate another fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident, which occurred at about 7 a.m. Saturday. Police said Donald A. Papin, 86, of Marquette was crossing West Washington Street in the area of the Burger King restaurant when he was struck by a 50-year-old male Marquette resident who was on his way to work. The driver was not identified by police.

Police said the vehicle was eastbound and Papin was crossing the street from the south, heading north, when he was struck.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.



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