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Careless driving charge filed in crash that killed popular physician


The driver of a golf cart whose actions caused the death of a popular physician in Monticello, Minnesota last month has been charged with misdemeanor careless driving, North Wright County Today reports.

The Wright County attorney's office filed the charge Monday against Korie Allan Schiel, 39, of Chaska, who was driving a golf cart that was struck by a motorcycle driven by Dr. Eric Lefebvre, an OB/GYN from Monticello. Lefebvre died at the scene.

The charging document says Schiel was driving the cart north on the right shoulder of Wright County Road 2 on the afternoon of July 19, when he made a left turn and crossed in front of Lefebvre's motorcycle, which was also traveling north.

The cycle crashed into the golf cart, and there was enough force to send Lefebvre and his bike over the rear of the golf cart.

Lefebvre was wearing a helmet and motorcycle riding gear, but he suffered fatal injuries to his chest and torso, according to the newspaper.

At the time of the accident, Schiel told police he'd been driving on the right shoulder to check on his mother's property, and was turning left into her driveway when the crash occurred. He said he didn't see Lefebvre's motorcycle until he began turning, and by then it was "too late" to avoid the crash, FOX 9 reports.

Prosecutors allege that Schiel did not look for vehicles before making his turn. It's also illegal to drive a golf cart on roads in Minnesota. The charging documents say Schiel's cart did not have a slow-moving vehicle emblem on it.

Residents in the area acknowledged that some neighbors use golf carts to get around, but not on main highways.

If convicted, Schiel would face a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. He has two DWI convictions and other moving violations, according to FOX 9.

Lefebvre, 51, had been in practice at the Monticello Clinic, as well as the New River Medical Center in Monticello and Buffalo Hospital, since 1997. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Lefebvre delivered thousands of babies in the area and his death was a huge blow to the community. FOX 9 reported on an emotional candlelight vigil two weeks ago, which was attended by many of the doctor's friends and patients.

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