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Sheriff: Truck Driver Arrested In Connection to Big Timber Fatal

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BIG TIMBER, Mont. -

Sweet Grass County Sheriff Dan Tronrund told KULR-8 News that David Welk is under arrest.

Welk is accused of hitting 81-year-old Elgie Bedford from Alaska who was walking along I-90 near Big Timber back in September.

Welk was arrested in Iowa on Thursday, and waived his extradition hearing on Friday. 

Sweet Grass County officials will fly to Iowa to bring Welk back to Montana in the near future.

Court documents indicate, Montana Highway Patrol received a phone call in October from Michael Karls, David Welk's driving partner.

Karls told MHP he had information about the man killed near Big Timber.

He said he was in the sleeping area of the truck when he heard and felt a collision.

When he asked what happened, Karls said Welk began yelling and said, "I just hit someone."

The two discussed the possibility that it might have been a bear. Welk stopped the vehicle and walked toward the area of the crash.

Finding only the truck's headlight, the two got into the truck, turned around at an exit, and headed back to the area to try and find what they hit.

According to Karls' statement to police, he observed what appeared to be a bunch of clothing in the middle of the passing lane.

Documents report Welk told Karls there was just some clothing and a duffle bag in the road.

But Karls told police that after looking at the road, Welk acted very nervous and upset.

Later, Karls searched incidents in Big Timber on the Internet and found that a person was struck in the area.

An Ohio State trooper located and secured the truck in Eaton, Ohio.

According to court documents, Welk told the trooper he hit a deer.

He allegedly told repair crews he had hit a hawk.

In December, a pair from Washington state were charged in connection to Elgie Bedford's death.

31-year-old Wyran Young pled not guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal crash and tampering with evidence.

Her father, 50-year-old Wesley Young, pled not guilty to tampering.

The Youngs are accused of going to a car wash in Livingston to clean off their pick-up truck, and leaving parts of Bedford's body behind.

If convicted, David Welk could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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