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Verdict reached in trial of driver charged in Moorhead crash that killed toddler

Firefighters clean up debris Jan. 6, 2018, from a crash that killed a 2-year-old boy at U.S. Highway 10 and 34th Street in Moorhead. Forum file photo1 / 2
Zaiden David Engen Ness2 / 2

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A judge on Tuesday found a 42-year-old man guilty of criminal vehicular homicide and careless driving, charges that stemmed from a January 2018 crash that killed a 2-year-old boy.

Along with the two convictions, the judge March 19 found Jeremy Sagvold, of Sabin, not guilty of manslaughter.

The decision marks the end of a bench trial that began March 4 and wrapped up on March 11, at which point the judge took the case under advisement and had seven days to reach a verdict.

The verdict was announced in a courtroom with both Sagvold and the victim’s family members present, along with law enforcement and court officials.

Sagvold was charged after a vehicle crash on Jan. 6, 2018, at U.S. Highway 10 and 34th Street in Moorhead that resulted in the death of 2-year-old Zaiden David Engen Ness.

During the trial, the prosecution argued Sagvold was “grossly negligent” when he chose to drive on the day of the crash, given his history of epilepsy-related seizures and his suspended license.

A sentencing date has been set for April 23.

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