Two people died Sunday evening, Sept. 16 after the motorcycle they were on collided with an SUV in East Bethel.
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office Monday (Sept. 17) charged Paula Lynn Larson, 42, 354 237th Ave., Bethel, with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
Killed in the accident were John Allen Jordan, 48, of St. Francis and Patricia Lyn Kalla, 46, of Big Lake.
According to the criminal complaint, Larson in her SUV and Jordan and Kalla on the motorcycle were both heading westbound on Viking Boulevard in East Bethel when the two collided. Authorities responded to the scene at 7:40 p.m. Sept. 16.
The Minnesota State Patrol examined the scene of the accident near Rendova Street and found skid marks from the motorcycle in the westbound lane of Viking Boulevard.
The vehicle driven by Larson appeared to have made “an unknown maneuver” causing the motorcycle to collide with the driver’s side door of Larson’s vehicle, according to the complaint.
Police at the scene of the accident asked Larson if she had consumed alcohol that evening and she allegedly replied that she had not been drinking.
But in a subsequent statement to law enforcement, she allegedly said she had been driving her friend’s vehicle and that she had been coming from a bar.
Larson alleged she was driving to her friend’s home and had consumed two drinks prior to driving.
She allegedly told police that she had no idea what had happened.
Larson took a preliminary breathalyzer test, which resulted in a 0.195 reading, according to the complaint.
She later submitted to a blood test at a local hospital and the results are pending.
Eric Hagen is at firstname.lastname@example.org