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Minot woman charged with attempted murder in 2019 crash

November 7, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Minot woman accused of crashing into a motorcyclist at more than 100 mph and sending him under the wheels of a semitrailer two years ago has been charged with attempted murder.

Dazechnae Willis, 28, was arrested in Colorado and extradited to North Dakota. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for her on Oct. 13. Her two young children were passengers in the vehicle she was driving.

The amount of time that elapsed between the Aug. 28, 2019, incident and the warrant “was due to the complex nature of the investigation and getting records to determine appropriate charges,” Burleigh County State’s Attorney Julie Lawyer told the Bismarck Tribune.

Willis was southbound on the Highway 83 near Baldwin when her SUV struck motorcyclist Kelsey Schaefer from the rear.

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The impact sent Schaefer and the motorcycle under the wheels of an adjacent semitrailer. He suffered a serious brain injury and multiple other injuries that required months of hospitalization and physical therapy, the patrol said. Willis and her children were not injured.

Willis made her initial court appearance Friday. Court documents don’t list an attorney for her. Attempted murder carries a possible 20-year prison sentence.