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Woman gets 69 months for crash that killed Spicer residents

WILLMAR -- Sarah Lynn Klein, 30, of Eden Valley, was sentenced Wednesday to 69 months in prison on two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide for a July 24 crash that killed two Spicer residents.

As part of her sentence handed down in Meeker County District Court by District Judge Kathryn N. Smith, Klein was ordered to pay $100 in fines and was given credit for four days already served.

As part of a plea agreement, four additional felony charges were dismissed.

James R. Nelson, 50, and Amy J. Langford, 43, both died when the 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle they were riding was struck from behind by a 2005 Chevy van driven by Klein.

The crash occurred around 4:20 p.m. July 24 along State Highway 55 in Eden Valley.

Klein was arrested by a Minnesota State Patrol trooper after she failed field sobriety tests and submitted to a preliminary breath test. She had an alcohol concentration of 0.188.

According to the criminal complaint, she was taken by the trooper to Paynesville Area Hospital. A blood sample was then taken.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Klein admitted to driving the van. She said she was coming from Eden Valley, tried to avoid the bike and was not sure if she had hit it.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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