MINOT — A Parshall couple expecting their second child and were on their way to their first obstetrics appointment were identified as two of the three people killed in a head-on crash Monday afternoon southwest of Minot.
Marvin Ness, 78, of Douglas was the driver of a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado that the North Dakota Highway Patrol said crossed into the oncoming lane on July 15 and crashed into a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban on Highway 23.
Ness, Jonathan Zacher, 28, and Cara Zacher, 27, of Parshall were killed. The Zachers' Suburban caught fire. A child in a car safety seat survived with minor injuries.
The crash was about 14 miles south and four miles west of Minot. All occupants were wearing seat belts.
The Zachers have roots in the Black Hills area, their obituary said.
Cara Zacher was raised in Box Elder, S.D., and attended Black Hills State University at the School of Mines campus. Jonathan Zacher grew up in Parshall and graduated from the School of Mines. The couple married in 2014 in Spearfish, S.D., before moving to Parshall.
Cara was home-schooled in Box Elder and participated in 4-H and volleyball at Rapid City Christian High School, the obituary says. Jonathan was raised on his family farm, was his high school's salutatorian, and participated in football, track and golf. He graduated from Mines with honors in mechanical engineering and had obtained his pilot's license.
A celebration of life is being held for the couple this Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Time at the Parshall High School gym. A fund has been set up for their daughter, Audrey, at Cornerstone Bank: PO Box 7, Parshall, ND 58770.
The Rapid City Journal contributed to this report.