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Associated Press, Published December 07 2010

Woman charged in Minnesota crash that killed boy

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A woman accused of speeding and causing a crash that killed an 11-year-old boy and injured his parents and sister is facing criminal charges in Dakota County.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Leah Christina Graeber of Savage was traveling up to 86 mph on Highway 13 in Burnsville July 18 when she lost control of her car, went through a grass median and hit an SUV going in the opposite direction. Joel Balistreri was killed. His parents and sister were seriously injured.

A criminal complaint charges Graeber with criminal vehicular homicide by gross negligence, causing bodily harm by operating a vehicle and possession of cocaine. Authorities say a blood test showed Graeber was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

She's scheduled in court Wednesday.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.