Minnesota’s reckless driving laws would apply to light-rail operators, under a bill the Minnesota Senate overwhelmingly passed Monday. It’s prompted by a July 2017 crash when an L-R-T driver ran a red light in Saint Paul, killing a 29-year-old man, Nicholas Westlake, and seriously injuring his girlfriend, Neli Petkov.

Rochester Senator Carla Nelson says. “It is heartbreaking that after the tragedy this family endured, they could not even receive the small comfort that some level of justice would come.”

If the bill becomes law, careless driving by an L-R-T operator would be a misdemeanor — and a gross misdemeanor if it caused great bodily harm or death.