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Names released in fatal three-car crash south of Mandan

BISMARCK – North Dakota Highway Patrol on Saturday, June 23, released the names of one woman who died and two other juveniles injured in a three-vehicle crash in far south-central North Dakota on Thursday, June 21.

Rachel Miller, 64, died when a car driver by 14-year-old Jamison William Mindt crashed with two other vehicles on Highway 6 south of St. Anthony, N.D., the patrol said in a news release. Mindt and another 14-year-old passenger, Owen James Erhartdt, were injured in the crash and taken to a Bismarck hospital.

All three vehicle were northbound on Highway 6 about 9:10 a.m. on June 21 when the crash occurred. Mindt was driving a Chevy Uplander when a 2004 Honda Accord driven by Jacqueline Weinberger, 46, attempted to pass both a Nissan Murano driven by Fern Fights Lone, 62, and the Chevy Uplander ahead of her.

When Weinberger passed, Fights Lone changed lanes to pass Mindt and sideswiped Weinberger’s vehicle causing it to crash into Mindt’s vehicle, the patrol said.

The Uplander went into a ditch and came to rest overturned. Weinberger’s vehicle came to rest in the ditch and the Murano vehicle stopped on the shoulder of Highway 6.

Weinberger and Fights Lone were not injured in the crash. All were wearing seatbelts, the Patrol said.

Mindt and Erhardt had injuries that were not life-threatening and have been released from the hospital, said Robert Arman, North Dakota Highway Patrol sergeant.

The crash is still under investigation, Arman said. Once the investigation is completed, a report will be submitted to Morton County State’s Attorney’s office which will make a decision on if Weinberger or Fights Lone should face any charges, he said