Bemidji Man Who Tried to Pin Fatal Crash on Victim Sentenced
GRAND RAPIDS -- A Bemidji man will serve a year in jail for a fatal St. Patrick's Day crash that he tried to pin on his friend who died in the rollover.
Thirty-year-old Christopher Smith was sentenced Monday in Itasca County court for felony criminal vehicular homicide.
As part of his 10 years probation, Smith will have to pay a fine of $1,085, provide a DNA sample, undergo a chemical dependency evaluation and not use alcohol or non-prescription drugs.
Authorities say Smith was driving when the vehicle drifted off Highway 65 near Goodland on March 17. A trooper asked who was driving and Smith allegedly pointed to the body of 56-year-old Mark Wirtjes.
Wirtjes was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the pickup. Another passenger said Smith was driving.