A woman accused of drunken driving in a crash in Apple Valley last week that killed a 29-year-old motorcyclist had a blood-alcohol level of .36 – more than four times the legal limit, according to charges filed in Dakota County on Monday.
Leah Marie Colwell, 44, is charged with a number of counts, including criminal vehicular homicide, fourth-degree DWI and open bottle, WCCO reported.
According to investigators, at about 8 p.m. Thursday, Colwell had turned her Ford Taurus into the path of the motorcycle driven by Jeffrey Trondson, who crashed into Colwell's passenger door. He died at the scene.
Colwell told police she had been drinking at her home and had consumed four “Captain Cokes," WCCO reported. She told police she had thought she was "all right" to drive, WCCO reported. Her bail was set at $150,000, Patch reported.
"He was driving out of the driveway. He said, 'Pops, I'll be back in 20 minutes.' Never heard from him again. Until I came and saw his body laying here," Dave Williams, Trondson's father, told FOX 9.
Trondson was a gifted woodworker, avid angler, hunter and outdoorsman, the Pioneer Press reported.