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Long Prairie Trucker to Change Plea in Fatal North Dakota Crash

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Minnesota semitrailer driver who pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in a fatal crash in North Dakota is scheduled to change that plea next month.

Fifty-six-year-old James Toner, of Long Prairie, Minn., is accused of causing a crash in Fargo last June that killed 29-year-old motorcyclist Jason Viestenz and injured the Fargo man’s 10-year-old son.

Toner was to go on trial starting Tuesday but now is set for a change-of-plea hearing on May 13. Prosecutor Cherie Clark declined comment on the plea deal.

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