GREAT FALLS – Jaroslav Kleberc, the truck driver who caused of the death of a Canadian man in a crash southwest of Great Falls changed his plea last week.
Kleberc pleaded guilty to careless driving with the enhanced penalty of causing the crash, and no contest to tampering with physical evidence.
Marvin Knutson of Saskatchewan, 72 years old, died in the crash last April.
During the hearing, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Waddell testified on re-creating the crime scene with little to no evidence.
The family of Knutson agreed that the plea agreement was sufficient in this case.
Judge John Kutzman said this was troubling situation but he agreed to grant the change of plea.
Knutson’s family has filed a civil case against Kleberc that is now in Cascade County District Court.
Reporting by Margaret DeMarco for MTN News
(APRIL 17, 2017) The man who was killed in a crash just outside of Great Falls on Saturday night has been identified as Marvin Knutson.
The Cascade County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office released the man’s name on Monday morning.
Knutson, 72 years old, was from Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
The crash was reported to the Montana Highway Patrol at 10:17 p.m. and happened near mile marker 275 along I-15, just south of the Great Falls airport.
According to the Montana Highway Patrol, the semi truck was southbound on I-15 when the driver decided to turn into the “authorized only” section in the median to get to the weigh station.
The Dodge Caravan was northbound on I-15, when the semi turned and entered into the northbound lane.
The Caravan moved into the passing lane to avoid the semi but still made contact with the right rear side of the trailer.
The semi truck driver continued into the weigh station, stopped for a moment, but then drove away.
MHP has not located the semi truck yet, but assumes there is damage on the right rear side of the semi’s trailer.
We will update you when we get more information.
The Montana Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate.