Man charged with negligent homicide in July crash

Man charged with negligent homicide in July crash

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A Newcastle man has been charged with negligent homicide in relation to a July car crash in Blaine County that left a North Dakota man dead.

Daniel Mark Roberts was charged Wednesday in Blaine County with one misdemeanor count of negligent homicide — motor vehicle, according to court documents. The misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of $ 100 to $ 1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year. 

Bert John Hilber, 75, of Jamestown, N.D., was found dead at the scene of the three-vehicle crash on Oklahoma 51A in Blaine County on July 12, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol. 

According to the OHP report at the time of the incident, Hilber was riding a 2016 Harley-Davidson trike and stopped behind a 2013 Kenworth driven by Troy Dale Musil, 58, of Crescent. Musil was stopped and attempting to turn left onto a county road, according to the report, and Hilber stopped behind him. Daniel Mark Roberts, 30, of Newcastle, driving a 2011 Chevrolet pickup, failed to stop and hit Hilber’s Harley, pushing it into the back of Musil’s vehicle, according to the report.

Upon arrival at the crash, troopers saw the pickup on fire, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case. A person on the scene told troopers “there was a person and trike in front of the pickup, and he had been trapped in the fire and was deceased.” 

After the pickup struck the trike, both vehicles collided with the semi-truck, and both the trike and pickup instantly burst into flames, according to the affidavit. Those involved on the scene pulled Roberts out of his truck after it caught fire, but were unable to help Hilber. 

The airbag module in the pickup recorded a pre-impact speed of 67 mph, and an impact speed of 64 mph with the trike, according to the affidavit. Then, the impact speed with the semi was recorded at 57 mph. 

A trooper on the scene recorded Roberts on his cellphone saying he had looked at his mirrors and had looked down at his GPS, and when he looked back up, the vehicles were right in front of him, according to the affidavit. 

“This collision was caused by the fact Roberts failed to observe the vehicles stopped in the roadway. He said he had just hung up his cellphone after talking to his wife and thought ‘he may have looked down at the GPS on the phone,’” the trooper wrote in the affidavit. “Roberts failed to maintain a safe speed and distance between his vehicle and the vehicles stopped in front of him, thus not being able to slow or stop in an assured clear distance … and failed to devote full time and attention to his driving … and thus causing the death of Bert Hilber.” 

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