DICKINSON, N.D. — The driver who police say struck and killed a pedestrian in Dickinson, North Dakota, early Thursday morning, July 29, is facing a criminal vehicular homicide charge.
Morgan Dale LaRoche, 25, of Dickinson is accused of striking pedestrian Aaron Schmidt, 22, of Mandan, with her 2020 Chevrolet Equinox. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, LaRoche was traveling west bound with passenger, Jacob Trinneer, 20, on Broadway Street when she struck Schmidt shortly after midnight.
LaRoche was arrested and remanded to the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center by Dickinson Police Department officers, who attempted life-saving measures at the scene of the crash on Schmidt. Schmidt died later at CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center.
As part of her bond, LaRoche has been assigned to the 24/7 alcohol program and barred entry to any liquor establishment.
According to the criminal complaint, filed in Southwest Judicial District Court in Dickinson on Thursday, LaRoche was “under the influence of intoxicating liquor at the time she caused the death” of Schmidt. Under North Dakota Century Code the alleged crimes constitute a Class A Felony.
If convicted of criminal vehicular homicide, LaRoche could face three to 20 years in prison and a maximum of $20,000 in fines.
A preliminary hearing and arraignment has been scheduled in the case for 2:30 p.m., Sept. 13, at the Southwest Judicial District Court in Dickinson before presiding Judge William A. Herauf.