Probation for killing two people… and another judge that needs to be run out of town. Is this justice? I think not.

Minnesota teen who killed man, daughter while texting and driving sentenced to probation
By David Unze, St. Cloud Times Today at 2:00 p.m.

ELK RIVER, Minn. — A 17-year-old driver who killed a Becker, Minn., man and his 10-year-old daughter last summer after running a red light while texting was sentenced Friday to probation and a long-term residential program.

Carlee Rose Bollig, 17, of Little Falls, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. The July 21 collision killed Charles Maurer, 54, and his 10-year-old daughter Cassy.

Authorities say Bollig was the driver of a vehicle that ran a red light on U.S. Highway 10 at Sherburne County Road 11, hitting the Maurer vehicle.

Court records accused Bollig of sending and receiving social media messages right before the crash. She also was charged with use of a wireless communications device and driving without a valid license.

Sherburne County District Court Judge Thomas Hayes ruled that the case would proceed as an “extended jurisdiction juvenile proceeding.” That means that Bollig received a juvenile sentence to serve as well as an adult sentence that could be imposed if she fails to comply with the juvenile sentence.

Hayes sentenced Bollig to an adult sentence of 69 months in prison but stayed that sentence on the condition that Bollig comply with the juvenile sentence.

The juvenile sentence includes Bollig being placed on probation until she is 21. She also has to complete a long-term residential program. She was taken to a non-secure juvenile detention facility after her sentencing, where she will remain until she can start the program in Duluth, said Chief Deputy Sherburne County Attorney Sam Wertheimer.

Other conditions of her sentence include not consuming alcohol or non-prescription drugs and to submit to drug testing. She can’t operate any type of vehicle until she is 21, she has to complete 240 hours of community work service, and 10 percent of those hours require being public speaking on the effects of distracted driving, Wertheimer said.

According to the court complaint, Bollig was the driver of a pickup involved in the July 21 collision. Maurer was driving a minivan north on County Road 11 when he entered the intersection at Highway 10. The pickup driven by Bollig drove through a red light at the intersection and struck Maurer’s vehicle, according to the complaint.

Maurer was pronounced dead later that evening; his daughter died of complications related to the collision 10 days later.

Authorities say investigators originally thought that someone else was driving. That man later told investigators that Bollig had been the driver, according to authorities.

Authorities say a passenger in the vehicle told investigators Bollig used her cellphone numerous times while driving and ignored complaints from others in the vehicle about her attention to driving.

Investigators found synthetic marijuana and a pipe inside the truck in property that belonged to Bollig, according to search warrants used by investigators to determine what happened.

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