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Manslaughter charged in 2014 fatal crash

— An Oregon man is being charged with vehicular manslaughter more than a year following a two-vehicle collision that claimed the life of a Montana teen.

A Sept. 15 pretrial is set on the misdemeanor charge for Matthew J. Duffel, 19, of Woodburn.

The charge resulted from a June 2, 2014, incident on U.S. Highway 95 two miles south of Pollock in which Duffel, headed southbound, failed to negotiate a sweeping right curve and collided with a northbound semi-truck.

Caden A. Lockhart, 17, of Hamilton, died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The misdemeanor charge alleges Duffel killed Lockhart by operating a motor vehicle by driving carelessly, imprudently or inattentively. According to court records, Duffel was not licensed to drive at the time of the crash.

If convicted on the misdemeanor charge, Duffel faces maximum penalties of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine, along with court costs and possible restitution.

Idaho State Police conducted the crash investigation.


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