Published October 13, 2022

Minot Man Killed in Rolette County 

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Two-Vehicle Fatal Crash  

What: Fatal/Injury Where: Highway 281 & Rolette County Road 15

When: 10:06 PM CST on 10/12/2022  

Road Conditions: Good  

Weather Conditions: Dark/Cloudy/Windy  

Crash Involvement: Two passenger vehicles  

Type of Crash: Angle  

Agencies Involved: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rolette County Sheriff’s Office, Rolette Police Department, Rolla Police Department, Belcourt EMS, Rolla EMS, Belcourt Fire Department, Turtle Mountain Tribal Security and North Dakota Highway Patrol  

Vehicle No. 1: 2021 Buick Enclave  

Driver No. 1: Richard Casavant; 73 yo; Rolette, ND; Serious injuries

Restraints: seatbelt  

Charges: pending  

Vehicle No. 2: 2003 Toyota Tundra  

Driver No. 2: Ernest Counts; Male; Minot, ND; 57 yo; Fatal Injuries

Passenger: Jasmine Counts; 30 yo; female; Dunseith, ND; Serious injuries  

Passenger: Brandon Reese; 32 yo; Clinton Township, MI; Serious injuries 

Restraints: no occupants had seatbelts on  

Charges: pending  

NARRATIVE: A Buick Enclave was northbound on Rolette County Road 15 approaching the intersection with Highway 281. A Toyota Tundra was westbound on Highway 281. The Buick disregarded the posted stop sign, entering the intersection and striking the Toyota. The Buick entered the northwest ditch, struck a light pole and came to final rest facing west. The Toyota also entered the northwest ditch, rolled and came to final rest on its passenger side facing west. The driver of the Buick was wearing his seatbelt and sustained non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Buick was transported to Presentation Medical Center in Rolla and later to Trinity Medical Center in Minot. All occupants of the Toyota were not wearing seatbelts and ejected. The driver of the Toyota sustained fatal injuries and died on scene. The two passengers sustained serious injuries and were transported to Trinity Medical Center in Minot ND. 

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