WILLISTON, N.D. - A 21-year-old Williston woman has been charged with a felony almost exactly eight months after a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 2 west of Williston, the Williston Herald reported.
Khatelyn Carter was charged with negligent homicide, a Class C felony, and ordered held Wednesday, May 22, on $5,000 bond. Police said on Sept. 21, Carter was driving a 2018 Jeep Cherokee that crashed into the rear of a Ford Taurus that had stopped on Highway 2 to make a left turn.
The Ford spun and was hit in the passenger side by a 2011 Ford F-150 driven by 53-year-old Troy Johnson of Williston, according to an accident report from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
Kennedy Hansen, a 15-year-old Fairview student, was riding in the front seat of the Taurus and was killed in the crash.
In charging documents, an NDHP trooper wrote that Carter told police she had been reaching for a smoothie and didn’t have time to react to the stopped Ford Taurus. The trooper wrote that the Taurus’ brake lights would have been visible nearly 2,000 feet away, and at Carter’s speed, she would have had approximately 18 seconds to react.
The judge ordered bond set at $5,000.