FARGO — Brady Fritzler, a 23-year-old Fargo man, was seriously injured and hospitalized after being ejected from his car early Saturday, July 20, in a rollover crash on Interstate 29 just south of Fargo.
He was not wearing a seatbelt.
According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol:
At 1:18 a.m., Fritzler was driving a 2014 Ford Fusion north on I-29 near mile marker 58 at an unknown speed. A 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 29-year-old Patrick Hestbeck of Sabin, Minn., was also traveling north on I-29 at 50-55 mph as he was following a trailer in tow.
Fritzler failed to slow for Hestbeck and rear-ended him, causing the Ford Fusion to enter the median, where it overturned and came to rest on its roof. The Chevrolet Silverado came to rest on the shoulder of I-29 northbound.
Fritzler was ejected from the vehicle and was found a short time later by emergency personnel. Hestbeck declined medical attention, but later went on his own to an emergency room in Fargo. Fritzler was taken to Essentia Health in Fargo, where he is being treated for his injuries.
North Dakota Highway Patrol has now recommended charging Fritzler with driving under the influence of alcohol.