Family of Hit-And-Run Victim Reacts to Driver's Hearing over Violating Probation

By KBJR News 1

March 31, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 10:47 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The woman who drove drunk and hit Alex Balluff in 2009, leaving him with traumatic brain injury, was back in court for a second day this week.

Julie Ann Gronski's hearing for allegedly breaking probation wrapped- up today.

Police pulled Gronski over in February for speeding on her way to an AA meeting, while her Minnesota license was suspended.

Gronski said she has been keeping-up on her AA meetings and has been sober since the hit-and-run accident.

She said she has changed her life around and has been doing her community service work.

The prosecution says Gronski broke her probation by going to Wisconsin and obtaining a license with false information, and driving recklessly, going 51 in a 30 mile per hour zone.

The Balluff family was at the hearing and gave testimony
today.

The parents say they hope justice will be served because their son did not get a second chance.

""She has shown no remorse. She has been cold as ice. It was so heart-breaking today to watch her smile and laugh," said Debbie Gronski, Alex's mother.

Gronski had been convicted of criminal vehicle operation for the accident in 2009.

Since then, her Minnesota license was supposed to be revoked but the state had left it as suspended.

That has since been fixed.

The ultimate disposition for allegedly breaking probation is scheduled for April 14.

Posted to Web by Jena Pike
jpike@northlandsnewscenter.com

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