Tommy Fradet Obituary, Death – In relation to an incident on Wednesday, April 12, which resulted in the death of a motorcyclist, a West Fargo lady has been charged criminally. Taquoya Saldana, 28, of West Fargo, was charged on Thursday with two misdemeanors: driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol stated that there are other charges being looked into. If she is charged more severely in relation to the Wednesday night crash at 9 p.m. that killed Fargo resident Thomas Fradet, 31, it is unknown. Saldana was driving a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander east on Main Avenue when the SUV struck Fradet’s 2020 Springfield Indian motorbike, according to state authorities.
According to state troopers, Fradet was turning left onto 17th Street East while traveling west on Main when he was struck from behind by an SUV. According to the patrol, a witness notified law enforcement that Saldana was traveling at a high speed. After being knocked off of his motorcycle, Fradet passed away in the hospital. The patrol reported that Saldana and her passenger, West Fargo resident Valdeta Sulemani, 31, were unharmed.
Saldana was detained and later released on bond from the Cass County Jail. There was no attorney listed for her in court documents. In relation to the collision, it was not stated in court filings if Saldana had taken a blood alcohol content test. In relation to an incident that happened in Cass County on March 18, prosecutors also filed misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and driving while suspended. There were no court documents pertaining to the distinct case Thursday.
Saldana has a track record for speeding, dangerous driving, operating a vehicle with a license that has been suspended or revoked, and operating a vehicle without liability insurance. Due to a collision that resulted in one person being harmed in August 2020, she was charged with felony aggravated assault. According to court records, she allegedly struck two empty automobiles at 3240 Ninth St. W. after driving into a yard. According to a police report, Emmanuel Jeanbaptiste said his girlfriend Saldana had taken his rental automobile.
According to court filings, Amber Elyse Pashee Graves pursued Saldana and requested that she return the automobile. Steve Aku Mulbah attempted to stop Saldana as she tried to leave, but the complaint claimed that when she backed up, she ran over Aku Mulbah’s leg and knocked him to the ground. The complaint said that after hitting two cars, she sped off via the front yard of the apartment building.
In January 2021, she entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. Steven McCullough, the judge for Cass County, gave her credit for the eight days she spent incarcerated. She was also placed on probation for two years without supervision.