Itasca County Sheriff’s Office

On May 11th, 2019 at approximately 2:17am, Itasca County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a report of an ATV accident on County Road 459 in Cohasset. Emergency responders found two male individuals performing CPR on a third party. Statements taken at the scene indicate the three individuals were on a single ATV which hit a power pole when they swerved to miss a deer crossing the road.
Passenger, Dylan Robert Christy, age 21, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota sustained life-threatening injuries. Christy was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital of Duluth, Minnesota via Life Link Air Care where he died as a result of his injuries.
Passenger, Alexander Michael Rajala, age 21, of Grand Rapids was transported to Grand Itasca Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
ATV operator, Joseph Jeffrey Riley, age 21, of Cohasset sustained no injuries. Riley was arrested for Criminal Vehicular Operation which was upgraded to include Criminal Vehicle Homicide.
Alcohol was a contributing factor in this incident.
The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Minnesota DNR, Grand Rapids Fire Department, MEDS-1 Ambulance Service, Life Link Air Care and Minnesota State Patrol.