BISMARCK, N.D. — A Bismarck man has been charged with manslaughter after a fatal interstate crash that prosecutors have attributed to distracted driving.
A North Dakota Highway Patrol affidavit says 24-year-old Timothy McLaughlin was driving a commercial truck on Interstate 94 last July when he struck two other vehicles that slowed due to another crash near Sterling.
The affidavit alleges McLaughlin had not braked before the crash and that he had been distracted by his cellphone that he had used to search the internet, to text message and for GPS navigation leading up the accident, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
Fifty-two-year-old MariKay Mathes, of Chilton, Wisconsin, died after McLaughlin's truck hit her vehicle. Besides manslaughter, McLaughlin was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor aggravated reckless driving related to two others who were injured in the crash.
McLaughlin made an initial appearance in South Central District Court on Monday. Court records do not list an attorney for him.