Court date rescheduled for man charged in fatal Ishpeming hit and run

Fatal hit-and-run the night before Thanksgiving.
Fatal hit-and-run the night before Thanksgiving.(WLUC)
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 9:39 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 3:41 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The next court date for the man charged in a fatal Ishpeming hit and run incident in November has been rescheduled.

Steven Laitinen was previously schedule for a probable cause conference on Jan. 25. That hearing has been adjourned to Feb. 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Laitinen is charged with failure to stop at the scene of a serious personal injury accident, a felony. He was arrested for allegedly hitting 31-year-old Gregory Retaskie, Jr., which resulted in his death.

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Last published: Jan 17, 2023 9:39:12 AM

Tuesday morning, the suspect in a fatal hit-and-run incident the night before Thanksgiving, was arraigned in Marquette County District Court.

55-year-old Steven Laitinen was arraigned on one charge of Failure to Stop at the Scene of a Serious Personal Injury Accident.

According to court records, Laitinen plead not guilty at the arraignment.

In November 2022, the Ishpeming Police Department said 31-year-old Gregory John Retaskie, Jr., died after a pickup truck struck him the night before Thanksgiving.

The pedestrian vs vehicle hit-and-run occurred near 440 Ready Street, also known as BR 28 or County Road. Retaskie was pronounced dead at the scene.

Laitinen is scheduled to be back in court for a probable cause conference on January 25 and a preliminary exam on January 30.