ROSS, N.D. — Authorities have released the names of the motorists involved in a fatal crash in western North Dakota on Monday, May 27.
The passenger who died was Barukh Shalev, 40, of Los Angeles, and the driver injured was Amanda Brandt, 36, of Belgrade, Mont., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Near the crest of a hill, Brandt was driving an SUV the wrong way westbound on U.S. Highway 2 near Ross at 1:40 a.m. when the vehicle collided head-on with another SUV traveling eastbound, the patrol said.
Shalev and Brandt were ejected from their vehicle. Shalev died at the scene, and Brandt was flown to a Fargo hospital.
Two passengers in the eastbound SUV, Desmond Deggs of Baton Rouge, La., and Troy Robinson of Gonzales, La., were treated at a Stanley hospital. The driver, Terence Ladue of Nederland, Texas, was not hurt. All three were wearing seat belts, the patrol said.
Brandt and Shalev weren't wearing seat belts, the patrol said. The crash is still under investigation and charges against Brandt are pending, according to the patrol.