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Published October 11, 2013, 05:19 PM

20-year-old Kindred man charged after fatal crash makes court appearance

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A 20-year-old from Kindred charged in a fatal car accident has posted bail.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A 20-year-old from Kindred charged in a fatal car accident has posted bail.

Nicholas Milbrandt made his first court appearance this morning in Cass County.

He's charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment, both felonies, after a crash that killed 61-year-old Royce Rodacker from Casselton.

The rear-end crash happened August 1st on I-94 just outside of West Fargo.

New court documents say Milbrandt was driving about 110 miles per hour in a 75 mile per hour zone, and texting right before the crash.

In court, both Milbrandt and the victim's family did not want to comment, and a judge set bail at $5,000.

Tanya Johnson Martinez- Assistant States Attorney of Cass County: “Mr. Milbrandt and his defense attorney received a summons to come to court today. They appeared voluntarily.”

Mark Friese- Defense Attorney: “It's a tragic, tragic case all around. Mr. Milbrandt and his family can't begin to imagine the difficulty of the Rodacker family and the emotions they've been going through. In a lesser measure, they've been dealing with many of the same things.”

Milbrandt's preliminary hearing will be November 7th.

If convicted of both charges, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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