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Officer whose car hit 101-year-old involved in 2 prior incidents


The 16-year-veteran member of the St. Paul police who backed a police vehicle into a 101-year-old pedestrian had two other sideswipe incidents listed as "preventable" in the 1990s, the Pioneer Press reports.

Officer Lori Goulet had been on a separate call about a juvenile on Aug. 16 when she slowly backed a police Ford Explorer SUV and made contact with Roza Sakhina in the 900 block of South Cleveland Avenue, the newspaper reports. The incident is still under investigation. The medical examiner has not yet released the official cause of her death.

The Star Tribune reported that Sakhina’s grandson, Ilya Finkelshteyn, said she suffered a skull facture, rib fracture, internal bleeding and extensive bruising.

“Preventable” means there was reason to believe the officer was at fault in an incident, the Pioneer Press reports. Goulet’s file includes nine commendations and two oral reprimands, the Pioneer Press reports.

Sakhina was a Russian immigrant who lived through the 2.5-year German siege of Leningrad, one of the most lethal sieges in history. She died at Regions Hospital several days after the incident with the St. Paul police vehicle.

St. Paul police data show that squad-involved accidents have climbed from 69 in 2008 to 84 in 2012, but those can involve a wide variety of incidents, including a squad car hitting a garbage can, the Star Tribune reports.

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