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Driver who fled from fatal crash facing felony charges

July 10, 2021 GMT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The driver of a van involved in a crash that killed a Mandan woman and seriously injured two others is facing criminal charges.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the 23-year-old driver failed to yield the right of way before crossing Memorial Highway at an intersection in Mandan Thursday afternoon.

A pickup truck struck the passenger side of the van killing 42-year-old Heather Robbins, who was pronounced dead at a Bismarck hospital.

The patrol said the van driver fled from the scene, but was later apprehended. According to court records, he faces felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, three counts of leaving the scene of an accident that involved injury, as well misdemeanors charges of aggravated reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Two other passengers in the van were taken to a Bismarck hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The van driver and the 16-year-old Mandan boy behind the wheel of the pickup suffered injuries that were not life threatening.

An attorney for the van driver is not listed in court records.

The crash is under investigation by the Highway Patrol. The Mandan Police Department, Morton County Sheriff’s Office, Mandan Fire Department and Metro Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.