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Minnesota driver ordered to visit graves of 3 victims

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Nov 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A judge has ordered a 22-year-old St. Paul woman convicted in a crash that killed three people to visit the victims' graves on the crash anniversary.

Brittany Rose Mertz was convicted of careless driving - a misdemeanor - in a 2008 crash that killed a woman and two children in Dakota County.

Mertz, formerly known as Brittany Krueger, was acquitted by Judge Jerome Abrams on more serious charges last month.

Abrams also ordered Mertz on Tuesday to perform 200 hours of community service and complete a safe driving course. The Star Tribune reports the judge also ordered Mertz to pay restitution.

The charges stemmed from a collision in Inver Grove Heights that killed 30-year-old Brittany Beth Carlson of Zumbrota, her 2-year-old son, Brandon, and 4-year-old Tamaya Phillips of Minneapolis.

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