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Woman charged in crash that killed sister

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A 19-year-old woman is scheduled to go to trial April 12 on charges stemming from a crash that killed her younger sister on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

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Carolynn BigTrack is accused of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision on April 21, 2010.

Federal prosecutor Janice Morley said BigTrack lost control of her vehicle which skidded sideways into the other lane of a two-lane blacktop road and struck an oncoming vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle, 48-year-old Tammy Putnam, was seriously injured, according to an indictment.

Morley said BigTrack had four passengers in her vehicle, including her 16-year-old sister.

BigTrack's sister -- Mary Feather BigTrack of St. Michael, N.D. -- died that day at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake from her injuries, according to a death notice in the Herald.

Two of BigTrack's passengers -- Charlene Cavanaugh, 42, and Randy Denne Sr., 53 -- suffered serious injuries, and one passenger was not injured, authorities said.

BigTrack is charged with involuntary manslaughter and three counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. She has pleaded not guilty to all four charges.

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