Woman Charged in Deadly East Bethel Crash
Two people are dead after a crash between a motorcycle and SUV in East Bethel. The crash happened on Viking Boulevard and Rendova Street around 7:40 p.m. Sunday.
A 48-year-old man from St. Francis and a 46-year-old woman from Big Lake were found dead when the deputies arrived. They were both on the motorcycle and have not yet been identified.
The driver of the SUV, identified as 42-year-old Paula Lynn Larson of Bethel, was arrested for Criminal Vehicular Homicide after police say she had indications of intoxication. She’s been charged with two counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide and had a preliminary breath test of .195.
According to the criminal complaint, Larson said she was driving westbound on Viking Boulevard when she was hit by the motorcycle. She originally told police that she had not been drinking but later said she had been coming from EJ’s Bar and had consumed two drinks, according to the complaint.
Police say the motorcycle appeared to be braking heavily in its traffic lane before hitting the SUV on the driver’s side door. The Minnesota State Patrol was called in to reconstruct the scene.
Police said the skid marks from the motorcycle were in the westbound lane and that both vehicles were traveling in the same direction. The complaint said Larson’s car appeared to have made an “unknown maneuver” that caused the motorcycle to collide with the driver’s side of her vehicle.