West Fargo Woman Charged with DUI in Fatal SUV-Motorcycle Crash

Witnesses told troopers the SUV was going at a high rate of speed when it T-boned the motorcyclist.
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Witnesses told troopers the SUV was going at a high rate of speed when it T-boned the motorcyclist.

28-year-old Taquoya Saldana, of West Fargo has been criminally charged in connection to a crash that killed a motorcyclist Wednesday, April 12.

Motorcycle on pavement after crash.

Fradet was driving west on Main and was turning left onto 17th Street East when the SUV T-boned him, state troopers said. A witness told law enforcement Saldana was driving at a high rate of speed, according to the patrol.  Fradet was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the hospital. Saldana and her passenger, 31-year-old Valdeta Sulemani, of West Fargo, were not injured, the patrol said.  Court documents did not say whether Saldana submitted to a blood alcohol content test in connection to the crash.

Driver charged in fatal DUI SUV-Motorcycle crash.


Fargo veteran killed by suspected drunk driver remembered as an amazing guy.

Thirty-year-old Tommy Fradet served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Fradet served his country as a proud U.S. Marine.  The Marine Corps was a brotherhood that meant a lot to him and a reason he was a member of the West Fargo chapter of the Apathy Motorcycle Club.

And he loved riding his motorcycle. He died what he loved doing – riding his motorcycle.  “If we went anywhere, it was riding all the time. Pick me up, drop me off (at) softball games, lakes,” said a long time friend.

A Passing Motorist Spotted Fradet in the Road.

The motorist was on his way home from work Wednesday night, April 12, and spotted Fradet in the road.  He stopped along with another couple to try and comfort Fradet until help arrived.  “(It was) very chaotic and puzzling just trying to figure out what was going on,” said the motorist.  Fradet was breathing but unconscious.

A memorial motorcycle ride is in the works.

Tommy Fradet on his motorcycle.

Source: articles and photos originally from In-Forum, online version of the Fargo Forum newspaper, 2023.