A St. Paul woman was extremely drunk when she turned her car into the path of a motorcycle, fatally colliding with the rider on a busy northeast Minneapolis street, according to charges.
Hannah C. Weyh, 28, who grew up in the Twin Cities and now lives in Washington state, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday on a charge of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the November crash on NE. Broadway, just west of University Avenue.
Weyh’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving in Minnesota, prosecutors said.
According to the criminal complaint:
Weyh told police that she was heading west on Broadway about 6 p.m., and remembered needing to feed her dog and looked for a place to turn around.
She was turning left into a parking lot when 31-year-old motorcyclist Brandon J. Pearson, of Golden Valley, 31, hit the front passenger side of the car. He was pronounced dead that night at Hennepin County Medical Center, police said. Pearson was not wearing a helmet, police added.
Weyh contended that the eastbound motorcycle’s lights were not on, but witnesses contradicted her.
Weyh was charged by summons. Her attorney, Thomas Shiah, declined to address the allegations, other than to say, “It’s an unfortunate situation for everyone involved.”