Driver Charged in Crash that Killed 3 Students

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) – The driver in a crash that killed three Carleton College students last year is charged with a misdemeanor count of careless driving. 

The complaint says 21-year-old William Sparks of Evanston, Illinois, was going too fast in wintry conditions.

He was driving a sport utility vehicle containing four other students on their way to an Ultimate Frisbee competition on Feb. 28, 2014 when he lost control.

The SUV crossed into oncoming traffic and was broadsided by a semi-tractor trailer.

The crash killed 20-year-old James Adams of St. Paul, 21-year-old Paxton Harvieux of Stillwater, and 20-year-old Michael Goodgame of Westport, Connecticut.

Sparks and another passenger were injured.

Sparks could face up to 90 days in prison if convicted.

A message left at a listing for Sparks wasn’t immediately returned Sunday.

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