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Associated Press, Published April 23 2013

Minn. man pleads guilty in mobility scooter death

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A Hibbing man has pleaded guilty in the traffic death of a 78-year-old man who was riding his mobility scooter on a road in northern Minnesota.

Seventy-one-year-old Lyle White pleaded guilty Tuesday in Itasca County court to criminal vehicular homicide.

According to the complaint, White drove his pickup over a hill on Sept. 29 and collided with Eugene Paul Zeroth of Princeton, who was riding his scooter.

Under a negotiated plea, White would receive a sentence of more than four years in prison. The prison sentence would be stayed and White would be placed on supervised probation for 10 years, with conditions.

Those conditions include White serving a year in jail or six months in jail and a year on electronic home monitoring.

Sentencing is set for June 24.


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