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Moorhead man arrested in 2019 fatal crash in South Dakota

The charge stems from the Sept. 17, 2019, death of 43-year-old Dawn Meyer. Stevenson was driving at more than 100 mph in Watertown, S.D., when he hit Meyer’s vehicle, according to media reports. Meyer was driving less than 35 mph, according to one news article.

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MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead man has been arrested in connection to a South Dakota crash that killed a 43-year-old almost two years ago.

The Moorhead Police Department confirmed that 18-year-old Gage Thatcher Stevenson was taken into custody Tuesday, Aug. 10. He has been charged in Codington District Court in South Dakota with first-degree murder.

The charge stems from the Sept. 17, 2019, death of 43-year-old Dawn Meyer. Stevenson was driving at more than 100 mph in Watertown, South Dakota, when he hit Meyer’s vehicle, according to media reports. Meyer was driving less than 35 mph, according to one news article.

Law enforcement said Stevenson, who was 16 years old at the time, was trying to kill himself in the crash. Meyer died at the scene, but Stevenson survived with serious injuries.

Stevenson is being held at the Clay County Jail until he is extradited.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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