Charges Filed in Crash That Killed Librarians

The woman accused of driving drunk and killing two Greenwich librarians in Denver is free on bond but will be facing charges in the women’s deaths.  

Sandra Lee Jacobson, 41, faces two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and driving under the influence of alcohol. The Denver district attorney's office announced the charges.

She has a previous DUI conviction and there were several unrestrained animals in the car at the time of the crash, according to news reports.

Kathy Krasniewicz, 54, and Kate McClelland, 71, both of Greenwich, Conn., were ejected and killed after the cab went off the road and rolled. They died of blunt force injuries, the medical examiner ruled.

They had attended the Midwinter Conference of the American Library Association in Denver, Greenwich Time reports.

McClelland, known as "Mrs. Mac," had a more than 29-year career at the library, Greenwich Time reported, and helped develop the children's story time program.

Krasniewicz, "Mrs. K," worked at the library for 18 years. She took over as head of the youth services department when McClelland retired in 2007, Greenwich Time reports. She helped develop its collection and oversaw a variety of programs for infants to young adults, library officials said.

Police said Jacobson’s pickup sideswiped the cab the women were in as they headed to Denver International Airport on Jan. 28.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson told Greenwich Time that several "unrestrained" dogs and puppies were found Wednesday inside the suspect's pick-up truck, which had been left in an airport cargo area about 10 miles away from the accident site.

The cab driver, Nejmudean Abdusalam, 27, was injured in crash.

Jacobson is free on $50,000 bond.

The Rocky Mountain News reports Jacobson was convicted of driving under the influence in Douglas County in 2006. The Denver Post says she's scheduled for trial in March for allegedly owning a 7-month-old Bengal tiger cub.

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