North Dakota Man Sentenced In Selfie Death Of Triathlete

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  • Published Feb 25, 2016

The Niagara, N.D. man who hit and killed a triathlete just after allegedly taking a selfie while driving has been sentenced.

Lee Karaim held a picture of his sister as he sat on the witness stand Wednesday in Steele County District Court, where he explained how his sister had ridden her bike on Highway 200 near Finley many times “without incident.”

That changed Aug. 15, 2014, when she was fatally struck by a vehicle.

“That was the single worst day of our lives,” Karaim said, speaking for his family.

Matthew Kelley Strand, 36, of Niagara, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated reckless driving, a Class A misdemeanor, for the car crash that killed 54-year-old Lisa Knudson of Portland.

Initially, Strand faced a charge of negligent homicide, a Class C felony, after prosecutors said Strand was using his cellphone to take a selfie before striking Knudson on her bike.

Through a plea agreement, he was sentenced for the misdemeanor to serve six months in Traill County jail, with half to be served on electronic home monitoring.

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