ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A St. Paul woman has been sentenced to probation and community service for a crash that killed a mother, her son and another child.

Brittany Rose Mertz, 22, was sentenced to one year of probation, 200 hours of community service and must complete a safe driving course. She was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims.

Mertz was convicted of careless driving in connection with an April 17, 2008 crash in Inver Grove Heights that killed 30-year-old Brittany Beth Carlson of Zumbrota, her 2-year-old son, Brandon, and 4-year-old Tamaya Phillips of Minneapolis. Two other children in Carlson’s vehicle were seriously injured.

According to the criminal complaint, the accident occurred on Highway 52 near 117th Street when the vehicle Mertz was driving crossed through the median and struck the vehicle Carlson was driving.

Mertz was acquitted in October on charges of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and reckless driving.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom requested that Mertz serve 90 days in jail, which would have been the maximum sentence.

Comments (11)
  1. Mr. Always Right says:

    what a very light slap on the wrist….

  2. Brutal, just brutal says:

    Wow. That’s a really brutal punishment for killing three people.

    1. DHM0207 says:

      wow thats what i’am saying she killed 3 people our justice system flat up SUCKS

  3. Sandra Bluem says:

    That will teach her! Community service for killing THREE people? Pathetic!

  4. cyndyforcynical says:

    Dakota County voters and taxpayers===You need new judges, and, certainly a new County Attorney. Ms. Metz killed three people and seriously injured other children involved in the crash. Where is the justice? Community Service is a joke===How does a few days of picking up trash along the highway or something similar compensate for causing the deaths of three innocent people?

  5. Are you effen kiddin' me? says:

    Well, what was she distracted by?!!!!!!! We have such a great legal system in the country.

    What a joke!

    1. crazy crazy crazy says:

      She had the vibrator a hummin’ and was ecstatic at the moment of impact
      Guess after 3 years, an attorney, a white gal and all …… 3 lives indeed mean nothing.
      The judge needs a lashing too ….. as much as this lil’ beeetch

  6. Torrath says:

    It’s a stinkin’ car not s dang phone booth or dance floor. Pay attention to your driving!! This soulless twit and the equally soulless judge should be required to hand mow the grass and or shovel the snow off the area where that little Saturn came to rest. But only after the family of the deceased has a chance to flog them with a cat-of-9 for a while. Maybe a yearly anniversary for the flogging. IDK. The Asian guy got 7 years for killing those people at 94 and Hamline or Snelling or whatever but this little princess gets a pat on the back and a “job well done” from the judge. What happened to justice in this country?

  7. GEt.a.LiFE says:

    i couldnt agree more; this is absolutly pathetic. if it was an accident like sliding on ice er something, i would understand, but this is just plain nd simple carelessness in her driving- wow is all i can say. hope i dont see her driving in the other lane of me..

  8. mike says:

    Hell I thought that Dakota County was a very tough county that was always known for throwing people in jail for anything due to the fact that the county is known for it’s harsh county attorney. Hey Backstrom, I thought you were known for being a “tough and no-nonsense” prosecutor, just what went wrong in this case? This woman killed three innocent people unremorsefully, you were suppose to push to have her jailed just like your known for in Dakota County? Well I guess you’re not so effective as a D.A. like you always thought you were, SORE LOSER!

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