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Driver in prisoner van crash gets probation

October 12, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has sentenced the driver of a prisoner transport van involved in a fatal crash to probation.

The Bismarck Tribune reported Monday that 58-year-old Geraldine Miller of Towner was driving the Pierce County van on Aug. 4 when it collided with another vehicle at an intersection between McClusky and Goodrich. Authorities said Miller failed to stop and yield the right of way.

Eighty-one-year-old Philemena Evenson of Tacoma, Washington, a passenger in the other vehicle, was killed. The driver of the vehicle, 78-year-old Jerry Evenson of Tacoma, was taken to a Bismarck hospital. Miller and fellow correctional officer Michael Jacobs and inmate Alejandro Fernandez also were taken to hospitals.

Miller pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment and was sentenced to nearly a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $325 in court fees. She remains a correctional officer at the Rugby jail. She declined comment to the Tribune.