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Paralyzed in Fargo crash, driver sentenced for manslaughter, assault

Chelsey Rose LaCroix

FARGO —A 28-year-old Moorhead woman must spend six months under house arrest as part of her sentence in connection with a fatal car crash in 2017.

Chelsey Rose Lacroix pleaded guilty to felony counts of manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of stolen property at a hearing in Cass County District Court on Monday, April 8.

Judge Steven Marquart sentenced Lacroix, who became a paraplegic from injuries suffered in the crash, to spend six months under electronic home monitoring followed by five years of supervised probation.

On July 29, 2017, Lacroix was driving a stolen car in north Fargo at “an extremely high rate of speed after consuming alcohol and/or controlled substances, which caused the death of a passenger,” and life-threatening injuries to another passenger, according to court documents.

About 3 p.m., while on County Road 31, the car drifted off the road into a ditch before it vaulted over 64th Avenue, hitting a sign and rolling into a tree, court documents show.

Prosecutor Carl Martineck said the crash report indicated the car was going about 92 mph at the time of the crash.

Lacroix and one of her passengers, who was ejected from the car and landed in a tree, had to be removed by emergency workers.

Another passenger, 28-year-old Erica Peterson, was ejected and pinned under the car. Peterson died at the scene.

Martineck said Peterson’s mother requested that Lacroix not be given jail time.

Two other charges of reckless endangerment and aggravated reckless driving were dismissed at Monday’s hearing.