Guilty plea from female drunk driver who killed motorcyclist

Friday, June 17, 2016

A St. Paul woman pleaded guilty to driving drunk and colliding with a motorcycle and killing the driver, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.


Hannah Christie Weyh, 29, admitted in court Friday morning that her blood alcohol level was .19, more than twice the legal limit, when the motorcycle, driven by  31-year-old Brandon Pearson, smashed into her front end, killing him.


In Friday’s hearing before Hennepin County District Court Judge Pamela Alexander, Weyh admitted that on Nov. 8, she had been drinking and then got into her car and drove west on Broadway Avenue Northeast in Minneapolis when she turned left and the oncoming traffic on Broadway had the right-of-way. Pearson was unable to avoid her car.


In questions from her attorney, Weyh also acknowledged that Judge Alexander had ruled on his motion to suppress her statement that she had been drinking and therefore the blood results. However, Judge Alexander denied the motion, so both would have been introduced at trial.


A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and Weyh will be sentenced on Aug. 19 at 9 a.m.