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Published July 18, 2012, 03:57 PM

Wrong-way Driver in Fatal I-94 Crash Was More Than 3 Times Over Legal Limit

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The driver of a pickup truck that was going the wrong way on Interstate 94 when it crashed head-on into a West Fargo family’s car, killing all three people inside, had a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent for driving, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said today.

By: Mike Nowatzki, Forum Communications

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The driver of a pickup truck that was going the wrong way on Interstate 94 when it crashed head-on into a West Fargo family’s car, killing all three people inside, had a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent for driving, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said today.

A blood sample taken from 28-year-old Wyatt Daniel Klein of Jamestown showed he had a BAC of 0.25 percent, the patrol said in a news release.

Klein died in the crash, which occurred at about 7:18 p.m. July 6 about 33 miles west of Jamestown.

Aaron Deutscher, 34, his pregnant 36-year-old wife, Allison, and their 18-month-old daughter, Brielle, were in the other vehicle and all were killed in the accident.

Patrol Sgt. Tom Herzig said the lead investigator on the accident, Trooper Craig Beedy, continues to work daily on the crash reconstruction and expects to complete it by the end of this week or next week.

The Highway Patrol previously said alcohol was a factor in the crash, and that troopers smelled alcohol on Klein and in his 1994 Chevy pickup.

As The Forum reported last week, court records in North Dakota and Minnesota show Klein had a history of drinking and driving, drug violations and other offenses. His 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 February 2011, he pleaded guilty to DUI in Sedan, Minn.

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