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Juvenile driver in crash that killed Brau charged with misdemeanor

WILLMAR -- The 17-year-old female driver involved in the Wright County crash that killed Robert Brau, 21, of Willmar, has been charged with a misdemeanor offense, Brau's parents have learned.

WILLMAR - The 17-year-old female driver involved in the Wright County crash that killed Robert Brau, 21, of Willmar, has been charged with a misdemeanor offense, Brau’s parents have learned.
The girl was reportedly traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 12 near Montrose when her Chevrolet Impala crossed the center line and struck Brau, who was westbound on a motorcycle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Brau died at the scene of the August 14 accident.
The 17-year-old girl faces a charge of careless driving, said Brau’s father, Terry Brau.
The Tribune contacted the Wright County Attorney’s Office regarding the charge. Officials there said they could not release the name of the driver or any information relating to the case because she is a juvenile.
Careless driving is a misdemeanor offense. If a felony charge had been filed, the name of the driver and details of the felony charge would be public as felony matters against 16- and 17-year-old juveniles are public record.
Brau was a 2011 graduate of Willmar Senior High School, where he participated in numerous band, choir and orchestra groups and was a member of the high school swim team, according to his obituary published in August in the Tribune.  
He is the only child of Terry and Donna Brau. Terry Brau has been the band teacher at Willmar Senior High School for 34 years.
Robert Brau was studying classical guitar performance at the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the university’s marching band and was part of the band’s leadership team for 2013-14 seasons.

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