- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

BIG TIMBER, Mont. (AP) - An Indiana truck driver has been given a six-year deferred sentence for leaving the scene of a Montana accident in which an Alaska man was killed.

The Livingston Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/1C03CDb ) 46-year-old David Burt Welk of Marion, Indiana, was sentenced on Jan. 6 by District Judge Katherine Bidegaray in Big Timber. He was given credit for the 348 days he spent in jail. Prosecutors unsuccessfully sought a two-year jail sentence.

Welk was charged after the Sept. 30, 2013, death of 81-year-old Elgie Bedford of Wasilla, Alaska. Investigators say Bedford had left his vehicle and was walking in the westbound lane of Interstate 90 when he was struck by several vehicles that morning.

Welk was arrested after his co-driver reported they’d hit something in south-central Montana. No one has been charged in Bedford’s death.


Information from: Livingston Enterprise, https://www.livingstonenterprise.com

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