Eagle River woman pleads guilty in crash that injured 2 children riding bicycles
A 61-year-old Eagle River woman who struck two children riding their bicycles alongside the Old Glenn Highway has pleaded guilty to assault and operating under the influence charges in the case.
KTVA-TV first reported the plea change on two charges of first-degree assault and one charge of OUI on Friday. Her online court file shows a subsequent hearing was vacated after the change-of-plea hearing and a sentencing was scheduled for later this year.
According to police, Vicie Zielinski had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she drove her Subaru into siblings Hank, 10, and Maddy Martiny, 14, as they rode their bicycles on a sidewalk on March 24 in downtown Eagle River.
Both survived, but not without serious injuries that are still healing. Maddy broke the orbital bone in her face while Hank had three broken bones in his right leg and lost six teeth.
The siblings are healing well, according to a Caringbridge.org page set up by their mom, Gillian. In July, Maddy attended summer camp and Hank was able to climb the water slide at a local pool.
Zielinski’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 26. As of Aug. 29 she was being held at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River.