Distracted driver goes to prison

Managing Editor

by Jim Boyle
The Little Falls teenager who was put on probation last year until she was 21 for the deaths of a Becker man and his 10-year-old daughter in a July 21, 2015, crash on Highway 10 in Sherburne County has been sent to prison.

Carlee Rose Bollig’s stayed sentence of 59 months was revoked by Judge Thomas Hayes on June 13 in Sherburne County 10th District Court in Elk River after she admitted to violating the terms of her parole, according to court documents.

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The July 21 crash scene at the intersection of Highway 10 and Sherburne County Road 11 in between Big Lake and Becker showed the mangled remains of Charles P. Maurer’s minivan after being struck by distracted driver Carlee Rose Bollig who had been exchanging Facebook messages in the minutes leading up to the crash. Maurer and his 10-year-old daughter, Cassy, both died.

She has been sent to the Shakopee Correctional Facility, a mixed custody facility that houses more than 600 adult females.

She will serve a minimum of 46 months, and with good behavior one-third of that time (23 months) will be served on supervised release.

Bollig, who was 17 at the time of the fatal crash, tested positive on April 11, 2017, for the substance of morphine, and went on the run for more than a month. She refused a directive by her probation officer to turn herself in, but ultimately was caught during a June 1 traffic stop in Maple Grove in which Bollig was a passenger in the vehicle that was pulled over.

She gave Maple Grove Police a false name and when she was asked to step out of the vehicle she had a syringe on her lap, court documents stated. She also admitted to police there was a controlled substance in the vehicle.

Bollig waived her right to a contested hearing on June 13 before Hayes and admitted to three probation violations. More specifically, she admitted to knowingly using heroin while on probation and to the other probation violations brought against her in court.

Bollig had pleaded guilty Feb. 5, 2016, to two counts of gross negligent vehicular homicide after she ran a red light while distracted by her cellphone and crashed into a vehicle driven by Charles P. Maurer, 53, and his daughter Cassy, 10.

The crash occurred about 8 p.m. that night at the intersection of Highway 10 and Sherburne County Road 11 between Big Lake and Becker. Court records indicated one of Bollig’s passengers had pleaded with her multiple times to stop texting while she was driving.

Bollig T-boned Maurer’s van as it traveled north on County Road 11, and investigators found she never applied the brakes in the pickup she was driving.

Analysis of Bollig’s cellphone records showed she had sent and received multiple electronic messages on Facebook in the eight minutes leading up to the crash.

Charles Maurer died on the night of the crash and Cassy, who was going into the fifth grade at Becker Elementary School, died more than a week later. Two others, including Cassy’s sister, were injured in the crash.

Bollig and three friends from Little Falls who were in her vehicle were injured, too.

Bollig’s sentence, an extended juvenile jurisdiction sentence, included being on probation until the age of 21 with several stipulations. Among them were:
•Remain law abiding.
•Take counseling until therapists deem it no longer necessary.
•Remain on all medications.
•Submit DNA.
•No firearms, ammunition or explosives for life.
•Comply with zero mood altering substances during probation period.
•Complete a program at Woodland Hills and follow any post-program recommendations.
•No driving of a motor vehicle of any variety until the age of 21, and only then if properly licensed and trained.

As part of her probation, Bollig was required to complete 240 hours of community service, with 10 percent of that dedicated to developing curriculum on safe driving and speaking to young drivers.

After the sentencing, she was sent directly to Woodland Hills, a juvenile justice and help facility in Duluth. She completed the program and is being given credit for her time there from March 24, 2016, to Dec. 9, 2016. She also received credit for 14 days spent at Lino Lakes from June 1-14 this year.