Northeast North Dakota man accused of wielding rifle, scaring driver before fatal hit-and-run

Matthew Hilton booking photo
Matthew Hilton

DRAYTON, N.D. — A Drayton man involved in an incident that may have caused the hit-and-run death of a woman on Wednesday, May 22, is facing a felony charge of terrorizing.

Matthew Hilton, 40, was charged Thursday, May 23, in connection with the incident that possibly led to the death of 44-year-old Kammi Leland, of Drayton.

At 12:55 a.m. Wednesday, two people were in a car driving east on 79th Street in Drayton when they came to Hilton's home and saw him holding a rifle up to his shoulder, according to an affidavit filed in court. The two motorists told authorities they feared for their lives, ducked down and swerved their car around Hilton.

When the driver looked up, he saw Kammi Leland standing in the road, tried to avoid her but ended up hitting her with the car, the affidavit said. They told authorities they then didn't stop because they were still scared.

Hilton told police that people were doing donuts and burnouts in his yard and he took the rifle out to intimidate them and pointed it in the air, the affidavit said.


Hilton was being held Thursday at the Pembina County Jail. He's set to appear in court Friday for a bail hearing.

Drayton is about 50 miles north of Grand Forks.

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