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Driver charged with manslaughter in June death of bicyclist

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GRANDIN, N.D. – Traill County’s prosecutor has charged a man with manslaughter in a crash that killed a bicyclist in June.

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Justin Jalbert, 26, of Hunter, was driving a pickup truck south on County Road 81 when the crash happened about 10:45 a.m. June 21, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

 

The truck struck the rear tire of David Hawkinson’s bicycle about a mile north of Grandin, the patrol said.

The patrol said Jalbert didn’t see Hawkinson, 50, who was thrown off his bike and killed. Jalbert was not injured.

Jalbert later wrote an apology on his Facebook page stating he was reaching for something in his glove box when he ran into Hawkinson. Early on, the patrol said investigators believed distracted driving was a factor in the collision.

In a news release Wednesday, Traill County State’s Attorney Stuart Larson said Jalbert has not been arrested and will appear in court at a later date.

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