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Published July 26, 2012, 05:24 PM

New details on a fatal accident that killed 4 people

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The State Patrol is releasing new details, and never before seen pictures, of the July 6th accident that killed a West Fargo family of three, and a drunk driver of a pick-up.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The State Patrol is releasing new details, and never before seen pictures of the July 6th accident that killed a West Fargo family of three, and a drunk driver of a pick-up. The accident happened just west of Jamestown on I-94.

We've known the driver of the truck, 28 year-old Wyatt Klein, was intoxicated at the time of the crash. The details released today show why. Just before the accident he was at two bars, and had more than 10 drinks.

Just by looking at the photos of the accident, you can see just how devastating it was. Wyatt Klein was driving the blue pickup. The Duetcher family was driving the silver Subaru. The report details what Klein was doing prior to the accident.

Lynn Mickelson - Allison's Father: "I'm not particularly, not going after any particular bar or establishment, but my thought is that the bartenders or waitress or whatever, they should know when a person is intoxicated, and unless they've got a designated driver, they should not be served."

The State Patrol report says Klein got off work in Gackle around 3 on that Friday afternoon to get some paperwork done with his attorney surrounding a child custody case.

Klein traveled to Streeter and arrived at DJ's bar around 4. The owner says had two beers. After that Klein went to another bar across the street

where a bartender says had 5 to 6 beers and three shots of tequila. He left there around 6:30, and took two unopened beers with him.

After leaving the bar, Klein was seen driving east out of the Crystal Springs rest area using the westbound entrance ramp. He was going 70 to 80 miles an hour in the wrong direction. That's when the two vehicles collided.

Lynn Mickelson: "Penalties evidently are not strong enough that people are getting the messages. They get a slap on the wrist and go home and do it again later on."

Now families are left grieving and still wondering why something avoidable had to happen.

Lynn Mickelson: "Is this for real yet or am I in this bad dream and I keep asking, and I'm seeing now, No it is not a dream it's reality."

The highway patrol say charges against the two bars are not being looked into, at this time.

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