NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — A judge has acquitted a Carleton College student of misdemeanor charges in a crash that killed three classmates and injured another last year.
Judge Colleen King ruled prosecutors failed to prove that 22-year-old William Sparks of Evanston, Illinois, was guilty of careless driving and of failing to drive with due care.
Sparks was driving an SUV that slid into the path of a semi on Highway 3 near Northfield on Feb. 28, 2014.
The crash killed 20-year-old James Adams, of St. Paul, 21-year-old Paxton Harvieux, of Stillwater, and 20-year-old Michael Goodgame, of Westport, Connecticut. Another passenger, Conor Eckert of Seattle, was injured. The five students were members of one of the country’s top Ultimate Frisbee teams.
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Defense attorney Peter Wold tells the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1TOAisa ) Sparks is continuing classes at the college.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com