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Rush City woman convicted on all charges in fatal 2022 Pine County crash

Rush City woman Anastasia Nelson was found guilty on all counts related to a 2022 Pine County crash that resulted in two deaths.


According to court records, Nelson was convicted of four counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two counts of criminal vehicle operation.


The charges indicate that she was under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more within two hours of driving.


According to the criminal complaint, Pine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch on October 15, 2022.


The reporting party said Anastasia Nelson came to her residence and said a crash occurred nearby. The scene of the crash was the intersection of Pokegama Lake Road and Fairway Road Southwest.


Two of the vehicle’s occupants, 18-year-old Deandre Sydney and 20-year-old Kiya Johnson, were pronounced deceased at the scene. 18-year-old James Brumbaugh was found in serious condition.


Nelson claimed that she drove the car for about a quarter of a mile before pulling over due to a car flashing her. She said a woman from the second vehicle drove the car because Nelson was not sober and that Nelson rode with strangers in the other vehicle.


Law enforcement determined that Nelson was driving the car at the time of the crash, and that she exhibited signs that she was under the influence of alcohol.


Court documents say Nelson told inconsistent stories about the crash in custody.


Nelson's sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1 at 1:30 p.m.



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