- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

BIG TIMBER, Mont. (AP) - A truck driver has denied charges filed after an Alaska man was struck and killed while walking along Interstate 90 in south-central Montana.

Officials in the Sweet Grass County attorney’s office say 45-year-old David Welk pleaded not guilty Friday to failing to stop at the scene of an accident that he knew or reasonably should have known involved someone who suffered injury. He denied an alternative charge for failing to stop at an accident involving a deceased person.

Prosecutors believe Welk was driving a semi-trailer near Big Timber early on Sept. 30 when the truck hit 81-year-old Elgie Bedford of Wasilla, Alaska. Welk became a suspect after his driving partner called the Montana Highway Patrol on Oct. 25.

Welk was arrested in Iowa on Jan. 23. He remains jailed on $250,000 bail.

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