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Fargo motorcyclist killed in April crash ran red light, exceeded speed limit, police say

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FARGO —- A newly released crash report reveals further details surrounding the fatal motorcycle-car collision April 30 here that killed 24-year-old Tanner Beighley.

According to the Fargo Police accident report obtained by The Forum Tuesday, July 25:

Beighley, of Fargo, ran a red light when he was driving a 2017 Kawasaki southbound on 45th Street South over Interstate 94. He hit the side of a vehicle entering the intersection.

The motorcyclist "exceeded [the] speed limit," but the report does not indicate how fast Beighley was riding in the 40-mph zone.

Deputy Chief Joe Anderson stated in a text message that Beighley's speed was not captured "on any RADAR/LIDAR devices [and] crash reconstruction did not determine a pre-impact speed."

When asked how police could determine if Beighley was speeding, Anderson said "witness statements and severity of injuries."

A 49-year-old West Fargo man listed as a witness to the crash, as well as the driver and owner of the vehicle Beighley hit, both of Minot, could not be reached by The Forum on Tuesday.

The report states Beighley "operated [the] motor vehicle in reckless or aggressive manner," but states it's unknown if Beighley was distracted at the time of the crash.

Also unknown is whether drugs or alcohol was involved. Deputy Chief Anderson said Beighley's toxicology report is still incomplete and the investigation remains open pending those results.

No other information related to the investigation is available at this time, he said.

The Forum reported on June 25 that Beighley was a beloved member of 701 Cycles, a local group of more than 1,000 motorcyclists. 701 Cycles founder, 23-year-old Justin Ruth of Fargo said in the story that he was riding behind Beighley at the time of the fatal crash.

"He turned around... he gave me a thumbs up and then he died," Ruth said, adding that recklessness didn't kill Beighley, but rather "a lapse in judgement."

Beighley was convicted of 15 traffic violations in his life, including speeding, exhibition driving, following too close, failing to yield and disregarding a stop sign, according to Minnesota and North Dakota court records.

Kim Hyatt

Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.

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