APD: Woman arrested after driving vehicle onto Eagle River sidewalk, hitting two minors
Anchorage police have blocked off part of an Eagle River road for an investigation after a woman drove her vehicle onto the sidewalk, hitting a boy and girl who were riding their bicycles.
Officers with the Anchorage Police Department responded to the intersection of Old Glenn Highway and Coronado Road just before 4 p.m. Sunday after reports of a vehicle-pedestrian collision involving two minors, a release from the department said.
"The preliminary investigation found that a male juvenile and female juvenile were riding their bikes on the sidewalk of the Old Glenn Highway when a silver 2014 Subaru drove onto the sidewalk as if it were making a lane change," the release said. "The vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed and struck both juveniles head on."
Police say both the boy and girl were conscious and breathing when medics arrived on scene. They were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The driver was identified as 60-year-old Vicie Zielinski. She, as well as several witnesses, stayed at the scene to give statements to police.
Mikhail Canfield, a spokesperson for Providence Hospital in Anchorage, confirmed Monday that Zielinksi is a registered nurse employed by Providence Health & Services Alaska.
"After officers administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs), Zielinski was arrested and charged with OUI," the release stated. "A full Traffic Investigation is being conducted in the area."
Westbound traffic is blocked off on the Old Glenn Highway between Park Place Street and Coronado Road. Police ask that drivers seek alternative routes and avoid the area.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to note the occupation of the driver.
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