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Julie Ann Gronski

Duluth woman enters plea in hit-and-run case that left honor student brain damaged

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Only Julie Ann Gronski knows whether she was aware she had struck someone Oct. 31 when she left 18-year-old Alex Balluff lying critically injured on the side of Rice Lake Road.


But Gronski presented strong evidence Monday that she didn't have a clue what she was doing when she got behind the wheel of her Honda CRV that night and caused permanent brain damage to the 2009 St. Francis High School honor student, a two-sport athletic standout who had just started his college career.

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