Lakeville woman had .36 BAL when she struck biker; told cops she was "all right to drive"

Categories: Crime
leahcolwell560.jpg
Colwell (left) is charged with numerous felonies for allegedly hitting and killing Trondson (right).
Today, criminal vehicular homicide charges were filed against Leah Colwell in connection with the death of 29-year-old motorcyclist and Burnsville resident Jeffrey Trondson.

SEE ALSO: Urinal Cake Man: Strangest anti-drunk driving campaign ever?

Just after 8 p.m. last Thursday, Colwell, a 44-year-old Lakeville resident, was trying to make a left turn onto northbound Harwell Avenue from eastbound 160th Street in Apple Valley when she struck Trondson, who was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the charges, she had a .36 BAL at the time -- a level that is fatal for some people.

Officers responding to the scene characterized Colwell as extremely intoxicated. She initially refused to perform field sobriety tests. Later, she admitted to having four Captain Cokes before getting behind the wheel but said she felt "all right to drive." She said her passengers drank more than her.

"A backseat passenger admitted to throwing a bottle of Captain Morgan rum and a bottle of tequila into a nearby trash can following the crash," Fox 9, citing the complaint, reports. "The bottles were recovered and police determined they had been opened."

According to KARE 11, Colwell was driving without a license. Hers was suspended after a previous drunk driving conviction led authorities to believe she posed a threat to public safety. Indeed, one of Colwell's family members told FOX she has a drinking problem.

Meanwhile, Trondson's parents say they're devastated.

"He was ripped out of our life way too early," Karen Trondson, Jeffrey's mother, told the Pioneer Press. "We depended on him so much here -- him and his dad were best friends."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
20 comments
TC4L
TC4L

Whenever you hear a tragic story like this, the driver seems to be .20+.  Not sure what bringing the legal limit to .05 will do as far as people getting hurt.  Let's just not drink and drive.  Most of us have done it.  1 out of 6 in MN have a DUI.  But really.  Split a cab with a few friends and you'll thank yourself in the morning. 

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

ya, that would cost alot of money, we cant hold everyones hand.

scott.luse
scott.luse

It would be pretty hard to live with yourself after this. I thank God everyday that I didn't kill someone when I was as reckless as her. My DUI was the last drink I have ever had.

Pennie Johnson
Pennie Johnson

My condolences to the family and friends of Jeffrey.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Goddamn - drink all you want - just split a cab with your drinking buddies.  Another young innocent person cut down because of someone else's stupidity.  I saw another motorcyclist hit this morning on Bottineau up in Robinsdale. People gotta look out for the bikers!

Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

I'm sure she'll have a few things to think about for the rest of her life. Apparently the people who want her raped don't know about the the baby rapers...and I'm not talking about babies that rap.

Chris Beattie
Chris Beattie

What a cunt...I hope she gets raped in prison...anally.

CrystalP
CrystalP

This is so horrible. She shouldn't have been able to drive. He was an old high school friend and it is just such a sad circumstance. I hope she can get the help she needs.

Debbie Donovan
Debbie Donovan

he's my friend's brother and was a friend to many more. where did she have to go? I'm so sad for his family and friends.

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

How about breathalyzers installed in every vehicle?! This HAS to change!!

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

Just terrible. My sincere condolences.

A1batross
A1batross

And why she should be charged and sentenced at anything less than a second degree murder charge I have no idea.


kennyX
kennyX

@A1batross Because we have to save the prison space for pot dealers.

TCallanan
TCallanan

@kennyX @A1batross Exactly.  Because punishment/rehabilitation has become a business in this country, not an actual priority looked at logically.  FTW!

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...