Wrong-way Driver In The Bakken Faces Charges

A wrong-way driver faces criminal DUI charges following a Bakken-area collision on the Bismarck Expressway in Mandan. The crash occurred at about 1:25 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, according to the Bismarck Tribune.

Head-on Crash

The North Dakota State Patrol says that the 28-year-old Bismarck man was allegedly eastbound in the westbound lanes of the expressway near McKenzie Drive. There, his 2010 Dodge Ram pickup crashed head-on into a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 21-year-old female from Dickinson.

Injuries and Loss of Life

The impact killed two passengers in the Jetta, a 21-year-old Mandan female and a 22-year-old Lincoln female. The driver of the Jetta was in critical condition at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center. After the driver of the pickup truck received treatment at the same medical facility, authorities booked him into Morton County Correctional Center.

On Monday, June 29, authorities filed against the man, including one count of criminal vehicular injury and two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. In North Dakota, each homicide charge carries a minimum 10-year sentence if there is a conviction. The accused was previously convicted of DUI in 2009.

Although innocence or guilt has not been established in the above matter, victims and survivors of victims do have the right to seek compensation in civil court in certain cases when negligent conduct is reasonably asserted. Typically, driving under the influence is evidence of negligence.

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