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APD: Boy and girl riding bikes struck by SUV driven by intoxicated woman

Anchorage police said a woman driving this Subaru struck two juveniles riding bicycles alongside the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River on Sunday, March 24, 2019. According to APD, Vicie Zielinski, 60, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence following the crash. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

A boy and a girl riding bikes in Eagle River Sunday were struck and seriously injured by an intoxicated driver, the Anchorage Police Department said.

At 3:51 p.m., officers were called to the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Coronado Road in Eagle River, the APD said in a statement Sunday. A “male juvenile and a female juvenile” were riding bikes on the sidewalk of the Old Glenn Highway “when a silver 2014 Subaru drove onto the sidewalk," police said. “The vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed and struck both juveniles head on.”

Anchorage police said a woman driving a Subaru struck two juveniles riding bicycles alongside the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River on Sunday, March 24, 2019. According to APD, Vicie Zielinski, 60, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence following the crash. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Both the girl and the boy were taken to a hospital with “serious injuries,” police said. Both were “conscious and breathing when medics arrived," according to the statement from police.

The driver, 60-year-old Vicie Zielinski, did not try to leave the scene of the crash, police said. She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after field sobriety tests.


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