Crash that killed 22-year-old Fargo man prompts criminal charge
FARGO — The driver of a car that crashed near Mapleton, N.D., in June killing a 22-year-old Fargo man faces a charge of aggravated reckless driving.
Levi Allmaras, of West Fargo, has pleaded not guilty to the Class A misdemeanor charge in Cass County District Court.
Allmaras was 23 when the crash happened about 8:40 p.m. June 28 near Mapleton, west of West Fargo.
The car he was driving entered a controlled intersection and struck a van carrying a basketball team from Lisbon, N.D., authorities said. Both vehicles went into the ditch.
Allmaras and his passenger, Cameron Bolton, 22, of Fargo, were taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. Bolton died several days later from injuries he suffered in the crash.
Bolton was an organ donor, and at least four people received organs from him, including a 30-year-old man who received his heart; a 43-year-old woman who received his liver; and a 57-year-old woman and a 35-year-old woman who each received a kidney.
All of the van passengers were treated at Sanford for injuries that were not life-threatening.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a report issued after the crash that Allmaras' car entered a controlled intersection without yielding.
According to court documents:
After the crash, an investigator was talking to Allmaras and smelled a slight odor of alcohol.
Asked how much he had to drink, Allmaras replied, "not that much," and that he'd had two beers all day.
Allmaras took a preliminary breath test and registered a blood-alcohol level of .014 percent, which is under the legal limit of .08 percent.
When Allmaras was asked to have blood drawn for a more precise reading of his blood-alcohol level, he declined to provide a blood sample, court documents stated.
The charge Allmaras faces alleges he drove a motor vehicle recklessly in disregard of the safety of others, causing injury.
His attorney, Mark Beauchene, declined to comment on Monday, Oct. 15. The next court hearing in the case is set for Jan. 10.