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No charges filed in deadly Interstate 29 crash that killed 2 children

GRAND FORKS — No charges will be filed against either driver involved in a Grand Forks County crash that resulted in the deaths of two children in March 2018.

The Grand Forks State's Attorney Office has declined criminal charges against Trista Curry and Michael Soyring. The two were involved in a March 25 crash on Interstate 29 that caused the death of Curry's two sons, 1-year-old Maxwell and 9-year-old Camden. Her 3-year-old daughter Avalon also suffered injuries in the crash.

The state's attorney's office concluded that Soyring, 50, of Fargo, was operating the semi he was driving in a reasonable manner, taking into consideration road and weather conditions, a press release from the office stated. There was no evidence of excess speed or other driving violations, according the state's attorney office. There was also no evidence of distracted driving on his part, and post-crash inspections revealed no equipment problems, the release stated.

The investigation also revealed that Curry, 30, of Fargo, had properly seated and restrained her children and there was no evidence of distracted driving on her part.

The rear tires on the vehicle she was operating were considerably worn, and borderline for winter use, according the press release. But it is unclear whether the tire condition contributed to the accident. It is also unclear whether or not she was attempting to pass.

"What is clear is that road and weather conditions had deteriorated greatly that morning," the release said.

Taking all factors into consideration, the state's attorney's office declined criminal charges against either driver. The facts and circumstances do not rise to a level of culpability which would require criminal prosecution, the release said.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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