MOORHEAD, MN : Driver in Moorhead crash that killed toddler pleads not guilty on Thursday, 9th August 2018
A Sabin man, who authorities say was driving despite having his driver’s license cancelled, pleaded not guilty Thursday, Aug. 9, to charges of criminal vehicular homicide and second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old boy.
The driver, Jeremy James Sagvold, 42, requested a jury trial, according to Clay County District Court records. A date for his next court appearance has not been set.The two felony charges against Sagvold each carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
The crash happened midday Jan. 6, and 2-year-old Zaiden David Engen Ness died the same day at Fargo’s Sanford Medical Center from his injuries, Moorhead police said.
Zaiden and his mother, Alyse Ann Engen of Breckenridge, Minn., were passengers in a Ford Escape driven by his father, Logan William Ness of Moorhead. A full-size Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Sagvold crashed into the rear of the family’s vehicle in the eastbound U.S. Highway 10 left-turn lane for 34th Street, police said.