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Published September 06, 2011, 02:29 PM

Semi Driver Sentenced in Grand Forks Crash That Killed 2 Children

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A truck driver was sentenced Tuesday to one year with 305 days suspended for causing a crash that killed two children in Grand Forks last December.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A truck driver was sentenced Tuesday to one year with 305 days suspended for causing a crash that killed two children in Grand Forks last December.

Steven C. Nelson, 65, can serve the time on electronic home monitoring. Nelson, of Jamestown, will also serve 18 months of probation and 100 hours of community service to be performed with an emphasis on highway safety.

He was charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of aggravated reckless driving.

Nelson was driving his semi truck east on Highway 2 on December 22 and crashed into a van that was crossing the highway south of the Grand Forks International Airport.

Nelson failed to stop at the intersection and struck the van on the driver's side. 8-year-old Kaylee-Jo Wyatt and 5-year-old Kevin Boyer III were killed.

The driver and the children's father, Kevin Boyer Jr., and another child, 3-year-old Xxaxx, survived. They each spent less than a week in the hospital.

Nelson has to report to the Stutsman County Correctional Center by September 16 or he'll be arrested.

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