An east-central Minnesota man with a drunken-driving conviction on his record has pleaded guilty to fatally hitting a woman just southeast of Lake Mille Lacs while extremely intoxicated, then fleeing.
William P. Sayers Jr., 34, of Isle, admitted last week in Mille Lacs County District Court that he ran over and killed 23-year-old Tanya J. Skinaway on March 2 along Chiminising Drive near Isle.
Sayers’ plea to criminal vehicular homicide comes with no agreement with prosecutors about his punishment. He could receive up to a 10-year term when he is sentenced in late January, taking into account the time he has been in jail since his arrest. Sayers was convicted of drunken driving in 2012.
On the night Skinaway was struck, officers found the Isle woman’s body on the side of the road as well as pieces of Sayers’ car and its front license plate.
A sheriff’s deputy soon located the car at a residence a half-mile away, with flesh on the left-front quarter panel and Sayers slumped over in the car. The deputy smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Sayers. A preliminary test measured his blood alcohol content at .224 percent, nearly three times the legal limit for driving.
Sayers said he had been with Skinaway earlier that night, but the charges against him didn’t elaborate about their relationship.
Skinaway’s survivors include a daughter and a son.