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Police Search For Truck Driver In Connection With I-90 Fatal

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Police now have a suspect and a warrant for a truck driver wanted in connection with the death of a pedestrian on I-90 near Big Timber.

Officials say the September collision killed 81-year-old Elgie Bedford of Alaska.

Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office is looking for David Welk of Minnesota.

According to court documents filed last week, in October Montana Highway Patrol received a phone call from Michael Karls from Arizona, Welk's driving partner saying he had information about the man killed near Big Timber.

Karls said he was in the sleeping area of the truck when he heard and felt a collision. Karls asked what happened. Karls said Welk began yelling and said "I just hit someone."

The two began discussing the possibility that it might have been a bear. Then, Welk stopped on the road and walked back toward the area of the crash.

Finding only the headlight to the truck, the two got back into the truck, turned around at an exit then headed back to the area to see if they could find what they had hit.

According to Karls statement to police, he observed what appeared to be a bunch of clothing in the middle of the passing lane.

Documents say Welk told his driving partner there was just some clothing and a duffle bag in the road.

But, Karls told police Welk was not the same after looking at the road. He reported Welk acted very nervous and upset.

Later, Karls searched incidents in Big Timber on the Internet and found out that a person had been struck in the area.

An Ohio State Trooper located and secured the truck in Eaton, Ohio. According to court documents, Welk told the trooper he hit a deer. He allegedly told repair crews he had hit a hawk.

If convicted Welk could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

If you have any information on Welk's whereabouts, you are asked to call Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office.

In December, a Washington state father and daughter plead not guilty to tampering with evidence. After police say they encountered the accident and cleaned evidence off their vehicle before leaving the scene.

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