Maple Grove Woman Charged in Deaths of Two Mounds View Students

May 12, 2017 09:20 AM

The Ramsey County Attorney's office announced Thursday that a Maple Grove woman has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the deaths of two Mounds View High School students last December.

Rachel Diane Kayl, 32, is also being charged with criminal vehicular operation in connection to a third victim who was critically injured.


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The two criminal vehicular homicide charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine. The criminal vehicular operation charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

The complaint alleges Kayl was traveling at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour on the morning of Dec. 1 when her Chevrolet Trailblazer crashed into a Chevrolet Equinox containing three female occupants on their way to class at Mounds View High School.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 96 West and U.S. Highway 10 in Arden Hills. The force of the collision caused the Equinox to roll over. 

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Stephanie Carlson and Bridget Giere, both 16, were killed in the collision. The 17-year-old driver of the car sustained critical injuries.

The complaint said Kayl was distraught after the accident and told deputies she was on her way to a job as a nanny in Shoreview.

She is expected to make her first court appearance Friday.


Frank Rajkowski

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