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Charges: SUV driver on phone when she ran Dakota County stop sign, killed woman in car

A motorist talking on her phone blew through a stop sign at a Dakota County intersection, broadsided a car and killed the passenger, according to charges.

Lori J. Hoefs, of Oronoco, Minn., was charged Monday in Dakota County District Court with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation in connection with the collision in Hampton Township on Oct. 22, 2016. The crash killed 78-year-old Brenda K. Travis, of Rochester, Minn., and seriously injured her brother.


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