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Man tried to kill self, but killed another driver. Now, he's charged with murder.

minnesota man attempts suicide by crashing vehicle on highway survives but kills woman and now charged with her murder
Source: Clay County Jail, Unsplash

Aug. 13 2021, Published 12:54 p.m. ET

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A Minnesota man was attempting to kill himself during a high-speed crash on the highway but instead killed another driver. Now, he has been charged with her murder, police say.

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On Sept. 17, 2019, police say Gage Thatcher Stevenson, 16 years old, was driving more than 100 mph in Watertown, South Dakota, when he intentionally crossed over the center line and hit the vehicle of 43-year-old Dawn Meyer.

Officials said Meyer was driving less than 35 mph at the time of the accident.

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While Stevenson survived the crash with serious injuries, authorities said Meyer was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nearly two years later, Stevenson has been arrested in connection to the South Dakota crash and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Meyer, the Inforum reported.

Stevenson was taken into custody on Aug. 10 and is being held at the Clay County Jail until he is extradited, authorities said.


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