Woman sentenced in hit-and-run that killed a Macalester student


A 28-year-old St. Paul woman has been sentenced for her role in the hit-and-run death of a Macalester foreign exchange student, in August of 2012.

WCCO reports that Danielle Keller was sentenced to 25 days in prison and a $150 fine for careless driving.

Keller initially pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor careless driving charge in the death of 19-year-old Cleo Louise Marie Thiberge. However, on Oct. 28 Keller made an Alford plea. That allows her not to admit to the misdemeanor charge of carless driving, but acknowledge there's enough evidence for a conviction.

The Star Tribune reports that Thiberge had been in the United States for about a day when the accident occurred.

Keller tested negative to alcohol and controlled substances. She told authorities she was working as a mechanic at a near by shop, and had been testing a customers vehicle when the accident occurred.

She was given a 90 day jail sentence, 65 days were stayed while she serves a year of probation.

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