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LaRoche charged with Criminal Vehicular Homicide in fatal Dickinson crash

A 25-year-old Dickinson woman charged with felony criminal vehicular homicide for her involvement in a fatal pedestrian and vehicle crash in Dickinson early Thursday morning has a bond set at $10k cash or surety.

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A short video obtained by The Press, which surfaced Thursday afternoon, contends to show LaRoche and a group of three other individuals consuming shots of alcohol at a local bar — a mere hours before the fatal accident occurred. (Dickinson Press file photo)
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Morgan Dale LaRoche is alleged to have killed Aaron Schmidt, 22, of Mandan, when she struck him in her 2020 Chevrolet Equinox near the intersection of Broadway Street and First Avenue Southwest in Dickinson.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, LaRoche was traveling west bound with passenger Jacob Trinneer, 20, on Broadway Street when she struck Schmidt shortly after midnight.

LaRoche was arrested and remanded to the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center by Dickinson Police Department officers, who attempted life-saving measures at the scene of the crash on Schmidt. Schmidt would later succumb to his injuries at CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center.

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Morgan Laroche, 25, of Dickinson, was arrested and transported to the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center and charged with Criminal Vehicular Homicide for a Thursday morning pedestrian and vehicle fatal crash. (Photo courtesy of SWMCCC)

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As part of her bond, LaRoche has been assigned to the 24/7 alcohol program and barred entry to any liquor establishment.

According to the criminal complaint, filed in Southwest Judicial District Court in Dickinson on Thursday, LaRoche was “under the influence of intoxicating liquor at the time she caused the death” of Schmidt. Under North Dakota Century Code the alleged crimes constitute a Class A Felony.

A short video obtained by The Press, which surfaced Thursday afternoon, contends to show LaRoche and a group of three other individuals consuming shots of alcohol at a local bar.

The Press could not confirm the location of the bar from the video, but were able to confirm that the video was taken at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening — a mere hours before the fatal accident occurred.

If convicted of criminal vehicular homicide, LaRoche could face three to 20 years in prison and a maximum of $20,000 in fines.

LaRoche was charged in February with disregarding a stop sign, pled guilty and was found guilty. The traffic infraction is the only other matter on her record, according to a criminal case records search.

A preliminary hearing and arraignment has been scheduled in the case for 2:30 p.m., Sept. 13, at the Southwest Judicial District Court in Dickinson before presiding Judge William A. Herauf.

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