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A River Falls woman had her license suspended Monday for nine months and was ordered to pay nearly $1,400 in fines for her involvement in a fatal accident last April.

Amy J. Raymo, 31, 1473 Riverside Drive, Apt. 109, pled guilty in Pierce County Circuit Court to the traffic citation of failure to yield right of way from stop sign resulting in a death. She was given six months to pay the fine by Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Boles. If she is unable, her driver's license will be suspended for up to two years or until the fine is paid.

On April 17, Raymo was southbound on County Road E in the town of Oak Grove when she stopped at the intersection with Hwy. 35. She then pulled out onto 35 and her vehicle struck a motorcycle driven by William G. Sobania, 48, of Oakdale, Minn. The accident occurred at 11:23 a.m.

Sobania and his passenger, Lori A. Sobania, 50, also of Oakdale, were thrown off the motorcycle. Both were transported to Regions Hospital, where Lori Sobania was pronounced dead.

Raymo and a passenger in her vehicle, Sandra J. Raymo, 55, River Falls, were taken to River Falls Area Hospital.

Assistant District Attorney Bill Thorie said the case wasn't charged on a criminal level because the incident didn't meet the standard for criminal negligence. While admitting negligence was involved, Thorie said reckless conduct has to occur for it to be criminal. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

'Our family isn't taking this...lightly'

Lori Sobania's sister, Sheryl Warfield, read a prepared statement to the court detailing the family's lives since April 17.

Bill and Lori Sobania had returned earlier that week after spending a Jamaican vacation, celebrating Lori Sobania's 50th birthday. They spent the night of April 16 with friends camping and were avid motorcyclists.

Bill Sobania suffered severe injuries, including six broken ribs, a broken collarbone and six screws inserted into his tibia. Sheryl said Lori Sobania's funeral had to be delayed a month due to Bill Sobania's health. He is currently home in Oakdale.

The Sobanias were married less than five years, Sheryl mentioned. Bill and Lori Sobania had two daughters each from a previous marriage.

"I'm sure you are feeling remorse," Sheryl said to Raymo, but added, "I just want you to know our family is not taking this accident lightly."

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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