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Published August 26 2010

Felony charge linked to fatal leap from vehicle

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – A felony charge has been filed against a man accused of not stopping after one of his passengers jumped out and died on the roadside.

James David Seaver was charged Monday in Otter Tail County District Court with failing to stop for an injury or death, which can carry a prison term of up to three years upon conviction.

The charges are linked to the death of Dajun Honer, 31, of Henning, who was found dead at about 3 a.m. on July 18 on Minnesota Highway 210 southeast of Henning. A provisional medical examiner’s report determined the cause of his death as traumatic head injuries due to a fall.

Authorities say in court records that Seaver was driving Honer and two other passengers to Seaver’s rural home after they were at Chagen’s Bar in Henning.

Passengers claim Honer had been “flipping out and swearing and stating that he wanted more alcohol” before he jumped out of the car’s left rear door shoulders first, according to the court complaint.

Seaver told police he did not know Honer had jumped from his vehicle, according to the complaint.

An initial court date for Seaver, 48, also of Henning, had not been set Wednesday.