MOORHEAD – The identities of the motorists involved in a four-car crash Saturday afternoon that fatally injured a 2-year-old boy were released by the Moorhead Police Department on Monday, Jan. 8.
Zaiden David Engen died Saturday at Fargo’s Sanford Medical Center as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash, Capt. Tory Jacobson said in a news release.
Zaiden was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his father, Logan William Ness, 24, of Moorhead. His mother, Alyse Ann Engen, 22, of Breckenridge, Minn., was a passenger.
A full-size Ford F-150 pickup driven by Jeremy James Sagvold, 42, of Sabin, Minn., crashed into the rear of the vehicle driven by Ness about 12:05 p.m. in the eastbound U.S. Highway 10 left-turn lane for 34th Street, Jacobson said.
Sagvold, Ness and Alyse Engen had no injuries that required hospital treatment, police said. Zaiden Engen was restrained in a car seat, Jacobson said.
Two other vehicles were also involved in the crash, though the names of the drivers and passengers and how they were involved in the crash were not released. Jacobson said the drivers and passengers in those vehicles had no injuries that required hospital treatment.
Jacobson said the driver of the pickup, Sagvold, has been cooperative with authorities and did not show signs of impairment during field sobriety testing shortly after the crash.
Speed is being considered as a possible factor in the crash, as are possible secondary factors, Jacobson said. “We recognized and identified early on that speeds were a concern,” the captain said.
Jacobson said authorities seized Sagvold’s cellphone after the crash, though it is not clear whether cellphone use was a factor in the crash. Attempts to reach Sagvold and Ness were unsuccessful Monday.
In 2006, he pleaded guilty to a DWI-related charge in Clay County District Court, according to Minnesota court records. In 2016, Sagvold was cited for following too close in Cass County, North Dakota court records show.
Once the crash investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to the Clay County Attorney's Office for review and consideration for possible criminal charges, Jacobson said.
“It’s very tragic. Very, very sad” for the family, first responders and medical staff, Jacobson said. “Very, very tough deal.”