Larimore man accused in fatal drunk driving crash set to change plea
LARIMORE, N.D.—A Larimore man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash last year that killed a motorcyclist plans to change his plea.
A Thursday hearing for Paul Albert Lilja, 44, was canceled, but court records show he is scheduled to appear June 11 for a change of plea hearing. He was charged Sept. 19 in Grand Forks District Court with a Class A felony of criminal vehicular homicide and a Class C felony of negligent homicide. He initially pleaded not guilty in the case.
Lilja was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after being involved in a Sept. 18 crash about a half mile east of Larimore on County Road 4, according to a criminal complaint. He was driving east on the road when turned his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado left in front of a westbound 2017 Victory motorcycle, according to court documents. The two vehicles collided head-on, and the motorcyclist, Allen Miller of Petersburg, N.D., died at the scene.
Lilja was not injured in the crash. He could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.