Eagle River woman charged with assault, drunk driving for hitting 2 children with her car
An Eagle River woman accused of hitting and seriously injuring two children on bicycles with her car appeared in court Monday to face assault and drunk driving charges.
According to charging documents in the case, Vicie Zielinski, 60, had a blood alcohol level of 0.189 when she drove her silver Subaru onto the sidewalk alongside the Old Glenn Highway at around 3:51 p.m. and struck a boy and girl riding bicycles.
The brother and sister — whose ages were not given in the charging documents — were taken to Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Police said the boy sustained a broken leg and “significant facial trauma,” while the girl suffered a broken orbital socket in her head and a bruised lung.
The Anchorage Daily News reported Zielinski works as a nurse at Providence. The paper said Zielinski cried as she was arraigned Monday in Anchorage court, where a judge set her bail at $10,000 and imposted conditions that she not drive or consume alcohol.
According to police, Zielinski drove her Subaru “onto the sidewalk as if it were making a lane change Monday afternoon. The vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed and struck both juveniles head on.”
Police said Zielinski had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech when they arrived at the crash site. She allegedly failed field sobriety tests and gave officers a breath sample that registered more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 grams per 210 leters of breath.
Zielinski has no prior criminal convictions in Alaska.
On Sunday afternoon, Zielinski’s vehicle could be seen sitting alongside the Old Glenn in downtown Eagle River with heavy damage to its windshield and driver’s side bumper area. Nearby two damaged bicycles remained on the curb near where a bike helmet sat in the middle of the road. The crash took place across from the intersection of the Old Glenn and Coronado Road in front of the Eagle River Boys and Girls Club. The scene was shut down for several hours Sunday evening as officers investigated.