Driver in fatal crash convicted of misdemeanor 

The case against Kevin E. Karsky, the Wyoming man involved in a fatal car crash on 12th Street Southwest on Nov. 6, 2012, has ended with a misdemeanor conviction.

Karsky was sentenced June 3 to five days in the sentence to service work crew program and $385 in fees and fines. Another 85 days in jail were stayed one year on the condition he commits no similar offense or any other driving violations. He also completed a driver improvement clinic as part of the plea deal.

In October he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of careless driving, speeding and failure to yield. Under the agreement reached June 3, Karsky pleaded guilty to the careless driving charge, while the speeding and failure to yield charges were dismissed.

In the 2012 crash, David W. Rosenlund, 36, of Farmington, and his passenger, Michelle Dawn Jones, 53, of Forest Lake, were pronounced dead at the scene after their car was hit by Karsky’s. Rosenlund was pulling out of the Walmart parking lot, while Karsky was southbound on 12th Street.

The county attorney’s office reviewed the case and elected not to file any felony charges, so the case went to city prosecutor Mike Welch.

“You get cases like this – not often – where a misdemeanor driving offense isn’t necessarily way worse than what happens every week somewhere in town, but the end result is far more tragic, and it can be hard to know what’s a fair sentence,” Welch said.

  • I hope the families/friends of the deceased are able to see that the drivers poor choices that day will haunt him far more than the minimal sentience he received.