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Motorcyclist dies from injuries in south Fargo crash

A motorist who survived Sunday's crash was involved in another crash in March when a vehicle rear-ended his motorcycle and dragged him about 70 yards on a Fargo street, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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FARGO — A motorcyclist has died from injuries she suffered in a crash on Sunday, June 26, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at about 7:50 p.m. on South University Drive, south of Interstate 94 in Fargo.

Two motorcycles were headed south on University Drive.

One of the motorcycles, a 2021 Harley Davidson driven by 21-year-old Tessa Holt of Fargo, lost control and was laid down on its side, throwing Holt from the motorcycle, the patrol said.

The second motorcycle struck Holt, lost control and was laid down on its side, the patrol said.

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Medics took Holt to a local hospital where she later died of her injuries.

It was raining at the time of the crash and road conditions were wet, the patrol said.

The motorcycle that struck Holt was a 2020 Yamaha R1 driven by 21-year-old Elijah Fields of Fargo, the patrol said. Fields was not injured.

Both Holt and Fields were wearing helmets, according to the Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash.

"We're looking into what caused the crash and if there are any criminal or traffic citations that could apply to any parties involved," said Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind.

In March, Fields was involved in a crash with a vehicle that rear-ended his motorcycle on 45th Street South in Fargo and dragged him about 70 yards , according to Niewind. Witnesses to the crash helped lift the car high enough to free Fields.

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Fields and the other driver, Mason Bunnis, who was 19 at the time of that crash, told police they were driving within the speed limit. Witnesses told police both were driving recklessly and speeding, court documents said.
Bunnis faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of aggravated reckless driving in connection with the March crash.

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Court records show Fields received two citations after the March crash, including one for driving without insurance and/or failure to provide proof of insurance and one for violating a Class M learner's permit for driving when the use of headlights was required.

Fields pleaded guilty to both citations and was fined a total of $170.

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