Driver in crash that killed 3 Carleton College classmates ruled not guilty

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A Carleton College student charged after a car crash that killed three classmates was found not guilty Tuesday.

Northfield News reports 21-year-old William Sparks was acquitted in connection with the February 2014 incident, with the judge ruling he was not guilty.

Sparks, who is from Evanston, Illinois, was behind the wheel during the crash, which happened along Highway 3 just a few miles from Carleton. The road was described as snow-packed and slippery at the time.

Authorities said he lost control of the vehicle, and crossed into oncoming traffic. The SUV was then hit by a semi.

James Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Paxton Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater; and Michael Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Connecticut, (pictured above) were killed in the crash. They were all members of the school’s ultimate frisbee team.

Sparks and another passenger, Connor Eckert, were injured.

The Dakota County Attorney's Office charged Sparks earlier this year with two misdemeanors related to careless driving.

According to the criminal complaint, the State Patrol had said Sparks' speed was a factor – but according to the Star Tribune, a separate reconstruction by St. Paul Police found that wasn't the case.

The Pioneer Press says alcohol, drugs and texting were all ruled out.

Sparks faced up to 90 days in jail and a fine.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.

flickr-mall-of-america-mitchell-hirsch-march-2019

When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.

Minnesota_Welcome_Sign_-_Minnesota_Welcomes_You_-_Taylors_Falls_(28269804891)

Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.

Texa-Tonka

Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

Related