Two are injured in auto mishap south of Killdeer

An Idaho man was cited by the North Dakota Highway Patrol for his involvement in an incident that caused serious damage to three vehicles on highway 22 South of Killdeer on Sept. 17.

Gary Arlit, of New Meadows, Idaho, was cited for allegedly crossing the center line on the road while not in the process of passing another vehicle, said North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Messer. He was also cited for suspicion of driving while his license is under suspension, a Class B misdemeanor, and for failure to provide vehicle registration.

According to the highway patrol, Arlet was driving a 2001 Toyota Tacoma south on Highway 22 about 7 a.m. He crossed the center line and struck a northbound vehicle driven by Allen Haugtvedt of Belfield. After the collision, both vehicles veered off into the ditch along the road.

Arlit’s vehicle ended up in the east ditch while Haugtvedt slid into the ditch on the west side of the road.

There was debris from the collision on the road. A vehicle driven by Emogene Smith of Dunn Center hit the debris, causing damage to that vehicle a short time later. Smith was not injured.

Messer said Arlit and Haugtvedt were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson for treatment. The investigation is ongoing but Messer said speed was not an issue. Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of Arlit’s distraction.

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