Jan 20, 2013 at 9:09 am
FARGO, N.D. (KNSI) A Minnesota truck driver has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in a crash in Fargo that killed a motorcyclist.
Authorities say 56-year-old James Toner, of Long Prairie drifted wide to the left with his rig so he could make a right-hand turn at an intersection last June.
Twenty-nine-year-old motorcyclist Jason Viestenz of Fargo was trailing and collided with the rig. He died and his 10-year-old son was injured.
Toner's attorney argued the incident was "a terrible accident" but not a criminal act, and that the manslaughter charge was too harsh. J
udge Frank Racek ruled there was probable cause to support the charge, after a commercial driving instructor testified that so-called "jug handle" turns are unsafe.