Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Add a little alcohol and what do you get?

Yesterday the Strib called her a "trailblaizing civic leader" and "victim" in a car accident.

Today, with a blood-alcohol level about twice the legal limit, she's a "St. Paul banker"
St. Paul banker killed in crash was drunk

St. Paul banker and civic leader Anne Ford Nelson had about twice the legal level of alcohol in her system when she lost control of her car Sunday, killing herself and a 13-year-old family friend along Mississippi River Boulevard in St. Paul.

Nelson's blood-alcohol level was .187 percent, according to preliminary autopsy results released Tuesday by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office and the St. Paul police. Minnesota's legal limit is currently .10 percent, but will drop to .08 percent on Aug. 1.

Nelson, 53, was remembered Monday as an enthusiastic community activist and trailblazer for women, but alcohol's role in the crash sparked a different wave of reaction Tuesday.

"That's a considerable amount of alcohol in her system," said Lynne Goughler, public policy liaison for the Minnesota chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Nelson's irresponsibility also killed her friend's 13 year-old son.

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