Semi driver in Klein death fails to appear for sentencing

The semi truck driver who pled guilty in the crash that killed Holly Hoglund Klein, owner of Monticello-based Hoglund Bus Co., did not appear in court for his scheduled sentencing Monday, July 26. A new sentencing date has been set for Aug. 11 at 1 p.m.
Wright County prosecuting attorney Shane Simonds said the defendant, Lyle Dean Geiselhart, 57, of Fargo failed to do his pre-sentence investigation prior to the sentencing and failed to appear July 25 … “claiming he thought his court date was July 28,” Simonds said.
Geiselhart pled guilty in May to an amended misdemeanor charge of failure to drive with due care and traveling at a speed greater than reasonable for road conditions in the March 2015 crash that killed Klein, of Maple Grove at the time of her death, and an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.
Six passenger vehicles were involved in the Interstate 94 crash that occurred on snow-packed and icy roads near Hasty, Minnesota.
Geiselhart faces a maximum 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both for the traffic charge.


See the Aug. 4 print issue of the Times for more information.