Police ID western North Dakota man who died UTV crash with boat

The UTV driver was ejected when his vehicle struck a boat being towed by a passing truck.

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BEULAH, N.D. — The driver of a Can-Am Defender Utility Terrain Vehicle died when his UTV struck a boat Saturday, July 2.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol:

The Can-Am was northbound in front of a Dodge pickup pulling a boat on Mercer County Road 21 about 10 miles north of Beulah around 11:13 a.m. when the Can-Am began to slow near the intersection with First Street Northwest.

The pickup began to pass the Can-Am, which turned toward First Street and struck the boat behind the pickup.

The driver of the Can-Am, 88-year-old Walter Morash, of Zap, was ejected and later pronounced dead at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck.


The driver of the pickup, Richard Schantz, 51, of Beulah, and his passenger, 20-year-old Brian Steger, of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, were not injured. Charges against the pickup driver are possible pending the ongoing investigation.

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