A 45-year-old Raymond woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide or operation stemming from a November 20th, 2010, crash south of Litchfield that claimed the lives of two people.
The West Central Tribune reports Ronda Malvin tearfully admitted that she was driving a vehicle on State Highway 22, attempted to brake during icy road conditions and lost control, causing the vehicle to enter the oncoming lane of traffic and setting off a three-car collision.
Two passengers in her vehicle, 44-year-old Kimberly Mead of Willmar, and 55-year-old Barbara Wold of Spicer, died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.
Malvin said during the hearing that she didn’t realize she was driving on black ice. She also recounted that Mead was a close friend and Wold was her cousin.
Mead was dead at the scene and Wold died two days later from her injuries.
Malvin also admitted that she had used drugs two days before the crash and that urine testing showed both amphetamine and methamphetamine in her system.
As part of a plea agreement entered in Meeker County District Court, eight additional criminal vehicular homicide or operation charges, six felony and two gross misdemeanor, will be dismissed.