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McKenzie County woman charged in crash

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- A woman from Arizona is facing charges for a crash that killed one man and injured another in McKenzie County early this month.

WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- A woman from Arizona is facing charges for a crash that killed one man and injured another in McKenzie County early this month.

Lacey Eckert, 26, of Phoenix, is accused of negligent homicide and two counts of reckless driving, according to court records filed Wednesday.

Police say she was behind the wheel of an eastbound pickup on Highway 73 the morning of Dec. 1 when she drove through a stop sign at the road’s intersection with Highway 22 east of Watford City and near Mandaree and slammed into an SUV that was slowing to make a turn.

Phillip Taggart, 36, the SUV’s driver, was killed and his passenger, Ryan Jerke, was injured.

Another man, Craig Bruyere, who was driving a semi that smashed into Eckert’s truck after the first impact, was injured as well.

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Eckert “was familiar with the intersection and knew there was a stop sign in her direction of travel at that intersection,” an affidavit says.

If convicted, she could receive more than five years in prison.

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