Man accused of hitting, killing his girlfriend while driving drunk says he didn’t mean it
The man accused of hitting and killing his girlfriend while driving drunk in Airport Heights earlier this week said he is sorry for what he did.
As William Conway was being escorted in and out of provincial court in St John’s Friday, he said to reporters, “I’d like to apologize to the Doyle family. It was an accident. That’s all it was, an accident.”
The Doyle family is believed to be related to the victim, who is referred to as Veronica Lewis in court documents. The woman is known to her family, and in her obituary, as Veronica Doyle.
The 57-year-old woman’s body was found lying on the road at around 1:20 a.m. Thursday on Firdale Drive, in the east end of St. John’s, where it’s believed she had lived with Collins.
Police say Conway was drunk when he got behind the wheel of his vehicle, hit the woman and took off.
Officers picked him up a short time later at the ferry terminal in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.
Police say the two were in a relationship and may have had an argument or altercation not long before.
When Conway first appeared in court Thursday, he was sent for a psychiatric assessment. The judge was told Friday that Conway was deemed mentally fit to stand trial.
Conway is due back in court Nov. 13 for a bail hearing.
The 50-year-old is charged with impaired driving causing death, operation of a motor vehicle while having a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit causing death, failure to remain at the scene of an accident (hit and run) and four counts of breaching court orders.
Those breaches involve allegations that Conway assaulted Lewis on Aug. 14 of this year. He was scheduled to appear in court to answer to those charges Dec. 15.
His lengthy criminal record also includes a charge of leaving the scene of an accident Feb. 15 in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.
There was a gap in his record before that. The latest charges before that date back to 1992 and include convictions for crimes such as assault and possessing stolen goods.
The RNC’s major crime unit is continuing the investigation and is working with the office of the chief medical examiner to determine the cause of the victim’s death.
According to her obituary, published on page A12 of today’s edition, Doyle had two daughters and two sons, along with 15 grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters.