Who was Caylor Ellingson and Why did the SUV Driver Intentionally Kill Him?

An 18-year-old North Dakota teen, Caylor Ellingson, was run over by a 41-year-old SUV driver, Shannon Brandt, early morning on Sunday in McHenry. Read on to know who was Caylor Ellingson and why did Shannon Brandt intentionally kill him this weekend.

Ellingson was walking on the street shortly before 3 AM after a weekend street dance in Foster County. He was then struck by a pickup truck according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol and was taken to the Carrington Hospital. He was pronounced dead of his injuries upon arrival.

Caylor Ellingson was intentionally hit by Shannon Brandt due to a Political Motive

Shannon Brandt, 41, a pickup truck driver, intentionally hit Caylor Ellingson, 18, who hails from Gracy City, after reportedly chasing him on the street of Foster County town of McHenry on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at around 3 AM.

The court papers have revealed that the tragic incident was not an accident but a politically motivated attack. It took place in McHenry, North Dakota, about 120 miles northwest of Fargo and 54 miles north of Jamestown.

According to the police, Brandt fled the scene after running over Ellingson and was arrested at his home. He was reportedly drunk when he hit Ellingson.

Cayler Ellingson called his Mom minutes before his Death to Seek Help

According to the prosecutors, Cayler Ellingson called his mother to come and rescue him from Shannon Brandt who was chasing him in the city of McHenry. By the time, Ellingson’s mom reached there, Cayler was already dead.

Brandt called 911 to report the crash as confirmed by North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind. He told the 911 dispatcher that he just hit Ellingson and claimed the teen was part of a Republican extremist group and was calling people to come to get Brandt after a political argument.

The political differences between Ellingson and Brandt’s ideologies became the reason for the teen’s death and the elder man’s criminal offense.

Shannon Brandt could face up to 10 years in Prison

Brandt was officially charged Monday with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. A judge ordered Brandt held on a $50,000 bond which he objected stating that he was not a flight risk.

“I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” said Brandt in the court.

If convicted on the vehicular homicide charge, Brandt would face a minimum of 10 years in prison. This is due to a DUI on his record. The maximum for the crime is 20 years.

However, Troopers say as the investigation develops, they could recommend more serious charges.

“We do not know of any witnesses. We are still making attempts to interview potential witnesses from the street dance, people that were present prior to the crash happening,” said Niewind.

A fundraiser has been launched to help Ellingson’s family with the funeral costs and expenses of the trial. Our heart goes out to his family. They lost a young boy in a very sad manner.

4 thoughts on “Who was Caylor Ellingson and Why did the SUV Driver Intentionally Kill Him?”

  1. The judge needs to be taken off the bench for not being more strict with the bail. $50,000 is all?
    The driver should be in jail until his trial and should be be charged with premeditated murder…
    My prayers for the family

  2. If I understand 50K bond only means 5K down…
    No flight risk Ha, North Dakota .. he will be in Canada shortly.

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