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Marinette County authorities investigate fatal rollover crash

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Sheriff's officials say they were called to a ditch along County W, just west of Crivitz, around 5:40 a.m. Saturday. A vehicle was found rolled over, but no people were in the area. (courtesy of Marinette County Sheriff's Dept.)
Sheriff's officials say they were called to a ditch along County W, just west of Crivitz, around 5:40 a.m. Saturday. A vehicle was found rolled over, but no people were in the area. (courtesy of Marinette County Sheriff's Dept.)

MARINETTE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities in Marinette County say a person is dead after leaving the scene of a rollover crash early Saturday.

Sheriff's officials say they were called to a ditch along County W, just west of Crivitz, around 5:40 a.m. A vehicle was found rolled over, but no people were in the area.

Officers say their investigation led them to the town of Stephenson home of the registered owner. The first time they stopped there, no one answered the door. They returned around noon and met with the vehicle's owner.

"The registered owner says he wasn't the only one in the vehicle," says Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve. "So the officer asked to see him to complete the report, the owner goes upstairs, comes back down and says 'I think he's dead'."

On Monday, an autopsy was performed on the victim, identified as 52-year-old Steven J. Hirth. Investigators determined he died of internal injuries from the crash.

Investigators also say they believe alcohol was involved in the crash. 

Sauve says it's a tragic situation.

"From what I saw of the autopsies and talking to the investigators that were there, he could've been saved with prompt medical attention," Sauve says.

Sauve says the lesson for people is when you're in a rollover crash, call authorities to get the medical attention you may not believe is needed, but could save your life.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (715) 732-7626, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-427-5857.

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