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Woman charged in fatal accident

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A 24-year-old Brainerd woman was charged in Cass County District Court on Friday, Oct. 11, following a fatal motor vehicle and bicycle collision Thursday, Oct. 10, in Lake Shore.

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Kerri Marie Zelinske was arraigned in Cass County District Court on three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide for allegedly operating a motor vehicle in a negligent manner while under the influence of alcohol, or with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, when she struck and killed a 57-year-old Brainerd man, according to Cass County attorney Christopher Strandlie.

Leonard Grabowski died in the accident that happened at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 near the intersection of County Road 70 and Gull River Road near Lake Shore.

Zelinske was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree driving under the influence, Strandlie said.

The felonies carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison of a $20,000 fine or both; the misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Bail was set at $150,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions. Zelinske’s next court date is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 21.

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