Three vehicle crash kills Williston woman and 7-year-old child

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The North Dakota Highway Patrol is reporting that a 3 vehicle crash Saturday evening at approximately 7:56 p.m. resulted in the deaths of a Williston woman, Stephanie Lee, and a 7-year-old girl on Highway 2 near mile marker 41.

The cause of the crash was a 52-year-old man from Williston, Mark Bearce, who was driving down the wrong side of the highway and collided head-on with the car containing both girls and one male passenger from Jonesboro, GA, LaDarian Taylor.

According to highway officials, both the 44-year-old woman and the child were pronounced dead on the scene, with the male passenger sustaining non-life-threatening injuries and was transferred to CHI Hospital in Williston.

The Williston man is being charged with DUI and Vehicular Manslaughter. He also sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transferred to CHI Hospital in Williston.

A third vehicle was struck by debris but the driver did not sustain any injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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