Arlington Man Facing Charges in Fatal M/C Crash

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An Arlington man is facing multiple charges for his involvement in a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred in Arlington earlier this summer.

According to the complaint, 60-year-old Curtis Petzel was pulling a livestock trailer with a tractor along westbound Highway 19 when the trailer detached and entered the eastbound lane. The trailer then collided with a motorcycle, killing Marvin and Kathy Fandrich of South Dakota.

The State Patrol’s investigation determined that Petzel had allegedly used the wrong sized ball on his hitch, did not use a safety chain, and did not have brake lights connected to the trailer.

Petzel is facing 6 charges including 2nd degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide.

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