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Christensen Makes Court Appearance

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The man charged with felony manslaughter for a May 16th accident that killed a Montana woman in Minot was in court in Minot for the first time today.

Clark Christensen arrived in North Dakota Thursday after being extradited from Idaho where he was arrested earlier this month.

He was behind the wheel of this semi when it plowed into the back of the car driven by 21-year-old Megan Shoal of Plentywood.

She was killed in the accident at the intersection of the 2 and 83 bypass west.

Today, Christensen stood before Judge Gary Lee at the Ward County Courthouse.

Judge Lee placed Christensen under the state's recommendation of a $250,000 bond and an order to appear in court on October 4th for a preliminary hearing.

Christensen has a history of traffic violations running more than a decade.

He has been cited numerous times for everything from speeding to operating a rig when it was deemed unsafe or improperly equipped.

An affidavit filed in Northwest District Court says Christensen failed to properly inspect his truck and crashed into the stopped vehicles that May day without taking evasive maneuvers to avoid the collision.

Court documents say Christensen had picked up the trailer he was towing on Minot's east side just prior to the crash.

Investigators say the brake connectors from the semi tractor to the trailer were not hooked up and in fact were wrapped in a bungy cord hanging from the cab of the tractor.

That would explain what investigators initially found - no skid marks leading to the crash.

If found guilty, Christensen faces a maximum ten year prison sentence and a 10-thousand dollar fine for the class B felony manslaughter charge.

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