Man identified in fatal crash in McKenzie County

WATFORD CITY — Authorities have identified a 29-year-old Los Alamos, N.M., man who was killed after he was reportedly driving recklessly before Wednesday’s head-on crash about nine miles east of Watford City.

Steven Candelaria, 29, was identified Friday after the July 10 crash on North Dakota Highway 23 in McKenzie County, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

Candelaria was driving a 2014 Ford Raptor eastbound 10:56 p.m. when he entered the westbound lane at a high rate of speed. The patrol said Candelaria was called in for reckless driving.

Candelaria reached the top of the hill near mile-marker 13 in the wrong lane when a westbound International semi, driven by John Farris, 48, from Hooper, Utah, collided with the Ford truck.

Farris was injured in the crash.

Traffic control worker killed in western ND crash

MANNING, N.D. — A 40-year-old man from Kalispell, Mont., died Thursday in a two-vehicle crash in western North Dakota, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported.

The crash occurred at 4:52 p.m. July 11 on Highway 22 about two miles south of Manning.

The 40-year-old driver was parked in the northbound right lane of a passing zone blocking off a hazmat cleanup crew working on the highway.

A 29-year-old driver from Chehalis, Wash., was heading north on Highway 22 when he rear ended the Montana man’s vehicle, pushing it off the roadway and into a ditch.

The driver from Washington was taken to CHI St. Alexius in Dickinson to be treated for injuries.

The 40-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating to determine if the younger driver could be charged in the accident.

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