St. Paul Woman Pleaded Guilty in Deadly Hit-and-Run

Created: 04/08/2013 4:48 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

A St. Paul woman charged in a hit-and-run that killed a college freshman in October pleaded guilty Monday.

Teisha Yovonne Randle, 27, pled guilty to two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in a Minneapolis crash that killed 20-year-old Austin Conley.
   
The criminal complaint says Randle told police she heard a loud crash and that her windshield "exploded." She said she thought someone threw a rock at her car and she kept driving, according to the complaint.
 
Conley, a student at Augsburg College, was in a crosswalk when he was hit by a dark Chevrolet Lumina and dragged about a third of a block. According to dispatch records, the person who called 911 kept saying "the car was going 90 and hit this guy. I think he's dead."
   
Emergency responders found Conley bleeding from his ears. He died at a hospital.
   
The complaint said Randle told officers she had been celebrating a birthday at Imperial Room in Minneapolis and was driving about 40 mph through the area where Conley was hit.

After hearing the loud crash, she said she kept driving until she got to a nearby interstate exit ramp, according to the complaint.
   
She told police she left her car there and called her boyfriend for a ride, the complaint said. But when officers went to the exit ramp, they did not find the car. They later found the vehicle in her garage with extensive windshield and hood damage.
 
Randle will be sentenced on April 22.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.