Vehicle strikes two kids riding bicycles on sidewalk; driver charged with OUI

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage police have arrested 60-year-old Vicie Zielinski on charges of OUI after she reportedly struck two juveniles who were riding bicycles in Eagle River Sunday.

The initial investigation revealed that a boy and girl were riding their bikes on the sidewalk of the Old Glenn Highway when Zielinski is said to have driven onto the sidewalk as if she were making a lane change.

Reports indicate the vehicle, a 2014 silver Subaru, accelerated and struck both cyclists head on. The victims were still conscious and breathing when medical crews responded to the scene but were both taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Zielinski and several witnesses remained on scene to give statements to police. After officers administered field sobriety tests, Zielinski was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday evening, a full traffic investigation was underway in that area, with all westbound traffic blocked off on the Old Glenn Highway between Park Place Street and Coronado Road. Police are asking the public to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

APD's Sgt. Jeff Whitworth said dispatch received the call just before 5 p.m. He said witnesses confirmed Zielinski actually drove her sedan onto the sidewalk "and began driving as if it was a lane of travel."

Whitworth said APD has Zielinski in custody and are still continuing their investigation into what happened. "There's probably going to be additional charges as a result of the incident," he said.

APD is also reminding people to refrain from driving under the influence. "We want to remind the public that drinking and driving is never a good idea," Whitworth said. "If you are going to drink, give your keys to a friend, or a loved one, or take a cab, or call somebody to give you a ride home.

"Drinking and driving can have life-altering consequences for you, or for somebody else, so don't do it."



 
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