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Semi driver charged in fatal car accident near Montana

FAIRVIEW, Mont. — A man has been charged for causing the death of another during a car accident near Fairview, Mont.

A 24-year-old man from Palm Harbor, Fla., that was driving a semi failed to stop at Highway 58 and Highway 200 on Friday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The semi rear ended a 22-year-old male who had stopped his 2005 Dodge Stratus at the intersection, one mile east of the North Dakota/Montana border. Both vehicles went off the road into an irrigation ditch. The Stratus overturned and came to a rest upside down. The accident occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m.

Both men were transported to Sidney (Mont.) Medical Center in Montana by ambulance. The driver of the Stratus, who was from Miles City, Mont., died as a result of his injuries. He was not wearing his seatbelt.

The Highway Patrol has not released the names of the two men. The driver of the semi has been charged with negligent homicide.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.