Driver in I-94 Crash That Killed West Fargo Family Had History of Drug, Alcohol OffensesJAMESTOWN, N.D. – A man involved in a deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 94 on Friday has a history of alcohol and drug violations while driving, according to court records in North Dakota and Minnesota.
By: Marino Eccher, WDAZ
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – A man involved in a deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 94 on Friday has a history of alcohol and drug violations while driving, according to court records in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Wyatt Daniel Klein, 28, of Jamestown, was one of four people killed Friday night on the interstate about 33 miles west of Jamestown. His pickup, heading east in the westbound lanes, collided head-on with a West Fargo family’s car.
Aaron Deutscher, 34, his pregnant wife Allison, 36, and their 18-month-old daughter, Brielle, were all killed in the other vehicle.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol said alcohol was a factor in the crash. Sgt. Tom Herzig said troopers smelled alcohol on Klein and in his vehicle.
Klein’s record includes at least three convictions related to underage drinking and driving, five for driving with a suspended license and one for having marijuana in a vehicle as a driver.
Most recently, in Feb. 2011, he pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence in Sedan, Minn., about 25 miles south of Alexandria.
He had also been cited on multiple occasions for speeding, stop sign violations, and failing to take care while operating a vehicle.
Herzig said he believes Klein wasn’t driving the wrong way for long because the Highway Patrol received no calls about a wrong-way driver prior to the crash. There was no obvious sign of how he ended up on the wrong side of the divided interstate.
Crash reconstruction is ongoing, and toxicology reports are not yet available.