Man Charged in Fatal Buggy Crash

Man Charged in Fatal Buggy Crash Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Sheriff's Office

(KNSI) - An Avon man who hit a horse-drawn buggy in Stearns County, killing two people, has been charged with careless driving.

According to the criminal complaint, 23-year-old Marc Lucas Knapp was headed north on County Road 9 in December when he hit 72-year-old Robert Alois Keppers and 66-year-old Mary Joan Keppers from behind as they were riding on the side of the road.

The horse was also killed in the crash.

Investigators say Knapp was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time and there was no indication he was using his cellphone.

Knapp told authorities he was traveling between 55 and 60 miles per hour when he came around a curve, continuing northbound. Knapp says he did not immediately see the buggy.

Knapp told deputies he saw the buggy on the shoulder and in the traffic lane and did not have time to avoid hitting the buggy.

Investigators say the buggy had a “slow-moving” sign on it and was traveling lawfully on the roadway.

A trooper who reconstructed the crash scene reported Knapp did not drive with due care.

A summons has been issued for Knapp to appear in court on June 13th.

The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor charge of careless driving is 90 days in jail or a fine of $1,000.

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