Woman Charged after Deadly SUV-Bicycle Crash

Posted at: 10/10/2013 10:36 PM | Updated at: 10/11/2013 4:09 PM


Kerri Marie Zelinske

A woman faces charges after her SUV allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist near Brainerd Thursday.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a Kia Sportage was traveling southbound on Gull Lake Dr. in Cass County, northwest of Brainerd, when it struck the bicycle.   Leonard Grabowski, 57, of Brainerd died in the crash.

The driver of the Kia, 24-year-old Kerri Marie Zelinske, was not injured in the crash.  On Friday, she appeared in court to face three felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide.

Prosecutors allege Zeliske was driving negligently and was under the influence of alcohol.  She is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.

A judge set bail at $150,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions.  She is due to appear in court again on Oct. 21.

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