Woman charged for pedestrians death in DWI accident

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“A woman was driving more than 60 mph and under the influence of drugs when she smashed into a parked car, careened off the road and struck a pedestrian in Falcon Heights, according to charges filed against her this week.

Abigail Anderson, 29, was killed in the August crash in Falcon Heights. She was a registered pediatric nurse and a runner, the sister of professional runner Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald. Grunewald died in June 2019 at age 32 after living for 10 years with adenoid cystic carcinoma. Both were athletes at the University of Minnesota.

The Ramsey County sheriff’s office identified the driver as Melinda Jean Dotray, 45. After a toxicology report came back on Dec. 7 and the accident reconstruction was completed Wednesday, authorities charged Dotray with manslaughter, criminal vehicular homicide and drug possession. She was in custody at the Ramsey County jail as of Thursday.”

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A senseless tragedy that is even more horrific from the account of witnesses. This young woman had her life stolen because of a drunk driver. Amazingly, this driver seemed concerned about her own situation and consequences. A toxicology report came back with amphetamine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl in the perpetrator’s system. Speed was also a factor and it is said the vehicle was traveling nearly 25 MPH over the speed limit.

At Krug & Zupke, P.C. we represent pedestrians in accidents who have been injured due to reckless drivers. We hope you never find yourself or a loved in in a similar situation but if you do call us at 651-645-7746 to schedule an appointment.