Minot man enters plea in fatal Jet Ski crash

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in a fatal Jet Ski crash last June.

Forty-one-year-old Dean Bartsch has pleaded guilty to prohibited operation of a personal watercraft, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.

The Minot Daily News reports authorities say Bartsch operated a Jet Ski without properly securing the vehicle’s engine cutoff lanyard to himself.

Ten-year-old Haley Sundsbak died June 10 from injuries suffered the day before in a collision on Strawberry Lake in McLean County. Sundsbak and another girl were on an inner tube being pulled by a boat. Bartsch’s unmanned Jet Ski struck the inner tube shortly after he was thrown from the watercraft. The other girl suffered critical injuries, but survived.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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