Bus Driver Accepts Plea Deal in Fatal CrashA Moorhead tour bus driver has reached a plea deal in a 2008 crash that killed a Minnesota high school band student on Interstate 94.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) - A Moorhead tour bus driver has reached a
plea deal in a 2008 crash that killed a Minnesota high school band
student on Interstate 94.
Seventy-one-year-old Loren Ernst accepted the plea deal Monday
as he was about to go on trial.
Ernst was facing two felonies. Instead, he pleaded guilty to a
gross misdemeanor of criminal vehicular operation. Charges of
criminal vehicular injury and criminal vehicular homicide were
Under the agreement, Ernst faces no more than 30 days in jail.
Prosecutor Brian Lutes says the parents of Jessica Weishair, the
16-year-old from Pelican Rapids who died in the crash, signed off
on the deal.
Weishair was killed when the bus went off I-94 and crashed in
Investigators say Ernst was too tired to be driving that