Lakeville woman sentenced in Apple Valley crash

A 45-year-old Lakeville woman was sentenced on Wednesday to 57 months in prison in connection with a deadly June 27, 2013, crash in Apple Valley that killed Jeff Trondson, 29, of Burnsville.

Leah Marie Colwell pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide (with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or more) and driving after cancellation (a gross misdemeanor) on May 1, 2014.

Judge Michael Mayer also ordered Colwell to pay restitution in an amount to be determined. All other charges were dismissed.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom stated that around 8 p.m. June 27, 2013, Apple Valley police officers responded to a motorcycle crash near the intersection of 160th and Harwell Avenue.

Trondson was driving his motorcycle westbound on 160th Street when a Ford Taurus, driven by Colwell, was traveling eastbound and made a left turn onto Harwell, crossing in front of the motorcycle. Trondson died at the scene.

“This is another tragic example of the extreme dangers of drinking and driving,” Backstrom said. “We are pleased to have brought this defendant to justice for this preventable crime. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Jeff Trondson for their great loss.”

Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Jennifer Bovitz, who prosecuted this case. Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol for their thorough investigation into this deadly crash.

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