Esko woman charged with criminal vehicular operation makes court appearanceAn Esko woman who allegedly left the scene of an accident after striking and injuring a bicyclist while driving home from church on June 16 made an appearance in Carlton County Court on Wednesday.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
An Esko woman who allegedly left the scene of an accident after striking and injuring a bicyclist while driving home from church on June 16 made an appearance in Carlton County Court on Wednesday.
Carol Emily Nygren, 70, appeared before Judge Robert Macaulay for a scheduled omnibus hearing. She faces one felony count of criminal vehicular operation (leaving the scene of an accident) in the incident, which occurred at the corner of Highway 61 and Rolling Road near Esko.
Nygren’s attorney, Joanna Weigert, told Judge Macaulay that she was willing to waive probable cause at this time but that she was going to reserve the right to challenge Nygren’s statement made to police. Weigert explained that not only was the statement taken late at night but Nygren had taken some form of medication prior to that time.
Weigert went on to state that Nygren still maintains she is not guilty and that she is willing to waive her right to a speedy trial at this time.
Judge Macaulay set a settlement conference in the case for 9 a.m. Nov. 13.
Nygren is currently out of jail on pretrial conditional release. Assistant Carlton County Attorney Michael Boese reported the bicyclist, Michael Howard Norton, 43, of Duluth, who was allegedly struck by Nygren’s vehicle, has since been released from the hospital.
At the time of the accident, the Carlton County Sheriff’s office stated that inattentive driving appeared to be a factor in the crash. Nygren was not located until the day following the accident, at which time she denied responsibility for the incident, though her car appeared to have sustained significant damage. Nygren told authorities she’d been following a truck hauling gravel and that falling rocks had been responsible for the damage.