RUSH CITY, Minn. - A Chisago County Commissioner has been charged in connection with a fatal crash on Interstate 35 last year.
The state patrol says, on March 11, 2017, 48-year-old Lora Walker was driving a Chevy Equinox the wrong way on the interstate near Rush City when her vehicle crashed head-on with a Ford Fusion. The driver of the vehicle, 62-year-old Gary Anthony Brisky of Gordon, Wisconsin, was killed.
On Thursday, prosecutors charged Walker with criminal vehicular homicide.
The complaint states several people warned and honked at Walker who had multiple opportunities to exit the wrong way of the interstate. She continued the wrong way for seven miles until she hit Brisky's vehicle.
Charges state Walker told first responders she is diabetic and knew her blood sugar was low. Upon further investigation, the complaint states the crash was attributed to Walker's low blood sugar.
According to medical records cited in the complaint, Walker had a difficult history managing her diabetes and that she reported becoming hyperactive and confused when her blood sugar was low.
In July 2009, Walker was involved in a crash which was also a result of her low blood sugar. Her driver's license was later revoked.
Walker had a valid driver's license at the time of the March 2017 crash.
Chisago County Administrator Bruce Messelt said Thursday that due to conflict of interest, neither the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office nor the Chisago County Attorney's Office were a party to the investigation or charging of this matter.
"Chisago County will have no further comment at this time regarding this development,” he added.