MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 77-year-old woman has been charged in connection to a crash that killed motorcyclist in October 2010.

Donna Rollins, from Lakeville, Minn., was charged with careless driving and failure to yield.

Rollins was allegedly heading north on Cedar Avenue in Eureka Township, Minn. She was trying to make a left turn into a driveway, when she cut across southbound lanes, in front of two motorcycles carrying a man and his wife.

The motorcycles weren’t able to stop and Ricky Dean Ball, 62, and his 61-year-old wife Nancy Ball were thrown from the bikes.

Ricky Ball was killed at the scene. His wife was brought to Regions Hospital with severe injuries.

Dakota County Attorney, James Backstrom said that because drugs and alcohol were not a factor, and there is no way to prove gross negligence, the misdemeanor charges are the maximum that could be done.

Rollins’ first court appearance will be in Hastings next month.

Comments (9)
  1. Kill somebody with you vehicle? No big deal. says:

    She’ll probably get all of two weeks probation.

    Watch out for vigilantes.

  2. me says:

    As a wife of a Harley owner, I fear for his safety every time he goes out. I’ve been with him a time or two as the ride when he was dropping off/ picking up the bike and the way people drive around motorcycles is just terrifying to see. Crossing three lane in a span of 15 seconds?!?

  3. C. says:

    I know how this goes… Had an older man make a left turn in front of me on my cycle… Totally messed up me (still to this day) and my passenger!
    He did not even have insurance either, so mine had to pay for medical bills only…
    Also, they did not check him for alcohol, even though we learned after that he was a drinker that had caused another (previous) serious accident.
    I guess sometimes bad things happen to good people and the rest walk away!!!

  4. no bad drivers says:


  5. markHT says:

    Motorcycles are a lot of fun and their is no discounting the joy and freedom that comes from riding on two wheels. However, the drawbacks are almost too obvious to ignore-you have absolutely NO protection in the event of an accident. Cars have seatbelts, airbags, crumple zones, and shatter-proof glass. Motorcycles offer no protection to their drivers/occupants. I live in California where it is actually legally permissible for motorcyclists to “split lanes” on streets and highways (driving between two other vehicles) and the accidents that result are just horrific. The cyclists may be “in the right”, but that’s little consolation at the funeral.

    1. C. says:

      Yeah, I get that… and feel it every day since!

      I am also discouraging my kids from riding…

      even though I was a serious biker with lots of miles logged, it is just not worth the pain!

  6. Sue says:

    This is very unfortunate, but I feel you take this risk every time you get on a motorcycle. We live in a society where we always have to blame someone, and someone has to always be held accountable, and this poor 77 year old woman is going to be held accountable .
    People can blame her all they want but we all have made mistakes driving which could have seriously hurt or killed someone. I just feel worse for this lady who’s life is ruined than the people who decided to get on a motorcycle. If I was hit by her in my car, i’d most likely be alive. It’s the risk you take….

    1. Wow says:

      You feel worse for the old lady than the man she killed? seems to me the riskier behavior is getting behind the wheel at age 77. “This poor 77 year old woman”, get a clue Sue!

    2. me says:

      She killed a man and seriously wounded the woman she’d just made a widow. I see dumb, reckless driving every day. Just today, moving from the right turn lane back into the flow of traffic which put in the middle of the intersection, another car passed me on the left as I was waiting to make a left hand turn! Passed me on the LEFT when I was waiting to turn left. dumb decisions like this kill people. Those at fault need to be held accountable.

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