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Investigators looking into whether racing caused crash that dragged Fargo motorcyclist

Friends of the motorcyclist who was injured say he was not racing.

South Fargo crash 3/18
Police investigate a collision between a car and motorcycle Friday, March 18, 2022, on 45th Street South in Fargo.
Photo credit: Steve Elwell
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FARGO — Investigators want to speak with anyone who witnessed a crash Friday night, March 18, in south Fargo that left a motorcyclist with serious injuries.

In a statement the North Dakota Highway Patrol said: "During the investigation, it was learned that the crash occurred with many other vehicles present."

It happened around 10 p.m. at the intersection of 45th Street South and 44th Avenue South.

Troopers say, Elijah Fields, 21, of Fargo, was rear-ended by a 2011 Infinity G37 as he slowed down at the intersection. Police say Mason Bunnis, 18, of Moorhead was driving the car with several passengers. Troopers say they are working to determine if the people in the car knew Fields.

Police are still trying to figure out why Fields, who was riding a 2022 Kawasaki ZX636 motorcycle, was slowing.

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After the crash, police say Fields was dragged underneath the car for several hundred feet. Good Samaritans and some of Fields' friends lifted the car off of Fields moments before it caught fire. Some of them

Fields, who was wearing a helmet, suffered numerous broken bones, but is expected to recover.

Bunnis and his three passengers were not hurt. All four were wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

People who live in the area say it's a popular area to drag race and they heard revving noises seconds before the crash.

Those close to Fields say he was not racing.

"That is an area where people do have a tendency to race, we have seen that before with our agency and the Fargo Police Department, it's kind of a wide-open, wide roadway and people race out there, that is part of our investigation to figure out whether these people were racing or not.

Troopers say the full investigation may take up to three months to complete.

Anyone with information is asked to call the North Dakota Highway Patrol at 701-328-2447.

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Troopers also want to hear from the people who lifted the car off Fields as they may be eligible for an award.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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