SUTTONS BAY — Terror coursed through Colton Brooks as the massive machine he operated slid toward a cherry tree.
Brooks, 17 in the summer of 2011, was running a cherry catcher on July 21 in a grove operated by Stanton Orchards near Lake Leelanau. He lost control of the machine on a hill, then realized he was about to be pinned against a nearby tree as the machine slid down the slope. He slammed on the brakes, but the machine didn’t stop.
“I was terrified beyond belief,” he said. “I knew I was about to get into a very serious accident.”
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