Family of Woman Killed in Crash Upset with Man’s Punishment
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Family of a 19-year-old University of South Dakota cheerleader killed in a crash aren't happy with the punishment doled out to a Monroe man convicted of careless driving in the incident.
Fifty-three-year-old Mark Begeman was fined $120 on Friday in the March 8 crash that killed Caitlyn Carman.
The Argus Leader reports Carman's mother, Barb Olson, called it "a slap in the face."
Authorities say Carman was stopped at an intersection waiting to turn when her vehicle was rear-ended by Begeman's vehicle and pushed into the path of an oncoming semitrailer.
Careless driving is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. But the judge ruled that since a $120 fine was listed on Begeman's ticket, that was the maximum he could receive.
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