Kleberc sentenced for causing the crash that killed Knutson

Posted at 1:13 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 15:13:49-04

Jaroslav Kleberc, the truck driver who caused the death of a Canadian man  in a crash west of Great Falls, was sentenced Friday morning.  

Marvin Knutson of Saskatchewan, 72, died in the crash last April.

Kleberc was sentenced to six months in the Cascade County Detention Center, with credit for time served, for careless driving

He was also sentenced to 10 years in the Montana State Prison, with all time suspended for tampering with physical evidence.

Kleberc changed his plea in the case in February. The family of Knutson agreed that the plea agreement was sufficient in this case.

Knutson’s family has filed a civil case against Kleberc that is now in Cascade County District Court.

(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.

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