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18 charges outlined in complaint against driver in fatal crash

Authorities have determined that the driver involved in a Pine County accident in August that killed a Two Harbors artist, author and small-animal veterinarian was drunk and ran a stop sign.

Authorities have determined that the driver involved in a Pine County accident in August that killed a Two Harbors artist, author and small-animal veterinarian was drunk and ran a stop sign.

That information is contained in a criminal complaint drafted by the Pine County Attorney's office and obtained by the News Tribune. The document accuses Ann Marie Brodman, 53, of Cambridge, Minn., of 18 counts of criminal conduct, including four counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

Mary K. Schlangen, 35, of Two Harbors, who worked at Grand Avenue Veterinary Clinic in West Duluth, died in the Aug. 10 accident. Her husband, Mark P. Schlangen, 35, a science teacher at Two Harbors High School and the town's fire chief, was seriously injured. He suffered broken ribs and a cracked sternum. The couple's two children, Kaija, and Eli, now 8 and 5, were taken to Kanabec Hospital in Mora with minor injuries.

Brodman received no injuries. She couldn't be reached for comment today.

The criminal complaint was signed by Steven Cundy, Pine County's lead prosecuting attorney, but has not yet been filed in Pine County District Court, clerks at the courthouse in Pine City said.

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According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the Schlangen vehicle was westbound on Minnesota Highway 23 and Brodman was driving south on Pine County Road 13 about 9:30 p.m. on a Friday when the cars collided at the intersection with Highway 23.

Brodman is charged with:

- Four counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

- Six counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm.

- Six counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm.

- Two counts of DWI.

According to the criminal complaint, Brodman had a blood alcohol concentration of .12 percent, which is .04 over the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

Tire marks indicated that Mark Schlangen, who was driving his family's Saturn wagon, attempted to avoid the crash with the Dodge Durango, the complaint said.

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"Investigation revealed that ... the defendant failed to slow or stop for the stop sign and entered the intersection striking the vehicle driven by" Mark Schlangen, the complaint said.

Mark Schlangen was reached this evening at the Two Harbors Fire Hall where he was doing some cleaning.

"I keep coming back to how senseless it all is and how preventable this all could have been. That is probably the most frustrating part for me,'' he said.

Schlangen said he had just traveled through that fateful, life-changing intersection on Wednesday when he took his son to visit his grandma. "Every time I go through that intersection I look at it and just don't know ...,'' he paused unable to continue.

Is there anything he would like to say to Brodman?

"I've thought of that,'' he said. "But there's no changing what happened. I guess my biggest hope is that whatever happens prevents someone else from driving drunk.''

Mary Schlangen won a Northeastern Minnesota Book award for writing and illustrating "Zoe's Good-bye," a book to help children cope with the loss of a pet.

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