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Trial continues for man accused in ATV death

Clay County Attorney Brian Melton continued to call witnesses to testify in a Lake Park man's trial taking place this week in Becker County District Court.

Jeremy Scott Nelson is charged with criminal vehicular homicide as a result of an accident that killed ATV driver Christopher Wade Carlson on Aug. 17, 2008.

One of the witnesses called to the stand Thursday was Minnesota State Patrol accident reconstruction specialist Sgt. Rod Eischens, who pointed out two unusual things about the accident.

"This was a relatively long scene," he said, adding that deputies estimated it was about 1,000 feet long.

He presented photographs of where the accident happened - taken one day later - on County Road 1 west of County Road 6.

Tire marks from Nelson's Chevy pickup truck, shown in the photographs, conclude that the truck continued pushing Carlson's ATV from the south ditch back up to the pavement before it came to rest in the south ditch, according to Eischens.

Front parts of the ATV were found in the middle of the roadway, while its back axle was found in the north ditch. Carlson's body was found on the shoulder of the northbound lane, according to Eischens' findings.

Another unusual thing about this accident, he said, is there were no skid marks.

"There was no obvious signs of any braking," Eischens said.

Check back with or read Sunday's Becker County Record for more updates.