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Forum staff reports, Published September 28 2009

Sheriff says no charges expected in crash that killed pregnant mom and two kids; other driver identified

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said today he doesn’t anticipate charges being filed in connection with a two-vehicle accident Friday that killed a pregnant mother and her two sons.

In a news release this morning, Gordon identified the victims as Sheyenne Lovely Norcross, 28, Rock Everett Keezer III, 3, and Keyian Avery Keezer, 8 months, of Pine Point. Family members told WDAY-TV that Norcross was four months pregnant.

The driver of the other vehicle was identified as David Canoy, 40, of rural Ogema.

Friday’s crash was reported about 11 a.m. and happened about three miles east of White Earth on Highway 34.

The sheriff’s department said the woman’s vehicle collided with a pickup truck pulling a construction trailer carrying a skid-steer loader.

Gordon said the ongoing investigation involves several entities: The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s commercial vehicle division is inspecting the truck and trailer, the State Patrol is reconstructing the collision and the sheriff’s department and White Earth police are gathering other forensic evidence. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is also testing toxicology samples taken from both drivers.

Investigative reports will be forwarded to the county attorney for review, but no charges are anticipated, Gordon said.

“It appears that based on the evidence we have collected so far, just one of the vehicles drifted across the double yellow in the sweeping curve before the collision,” he said. “We’re waiting for the reconstruction of exactly where that collision occurred and who was at fault.”