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Suspect arrested for fatal crash near Great Falls - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Suspect arrested for fatal crash near Great Falls

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The crash that killed Marvin Knutson happened on April 15, 2017 The crash that killed Marvin Knutson happened on April 15, 2017
Marvin Knutson; his grand-daughter shared this photo with KRTV. Marvin Knutson; his grand-daughter shared this photo with KRTV.
It happened near mile marker 275 along I-15, just south of the Great Falls airport. It happened near mile marker 275 along I-15, just south of the Great Falls airport.
GREAT FALLS -

Jaroglav Kleberc has been arrested and charged in connection with a crash near Great Falls that killed Marvin Knutson two weeks ago.

Kleberc was found and arrested in Katy, Texas, on April 18th. Katy is several miles west of Houston.

Kleberc has been charged with negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence, and failure to remain at an accident scene - all are felonies.

Court documents allege that after the crash, Kleberc stopped in Hardin, Montana, where farmers saw red transfer paint and damages on Kelberc's trailer. He told the farmers that he had hit a deer.

Kleberc was later pulled over in Colorado by the Springfield Police Department, but court documents state Kleberc had his trailer repaired by that time, so Police could not match the trailer.

Deputy Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki says Kleberc is still in Texas and has waived his extradition.

We will update you as we get more information.


(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.

Knutson's grand-daughter shared these photos with KRTV.

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.

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