Suspected drunk driver accused of killing woman settles lawyer issues

Rosie Mullaley
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William Conway due back in court next month

Aman suspected of hitting and killing his girlfriend while driving drunk in Airport Heights in St. John’s
finally has a lawyer.

William Patrick Conway appeared in provincial court Friday morning via video link from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, where he’s in custody.

Defence lawyer Michelle Coady was in the courtroom and told Judge Mike Madden that she is Conway’s solicitor of record.

She said some information from the police evidence package has been given to her, but she’s expecting more.

Crown prosecutor Jeff Summers said they are still waiting on lab reports.

Lawyers agreed to have the case postponed until Feb. 21.

Conway — who was denied bail — has been in custody since his arrest on Oct. 24, after he was said to have hit Veronica Lewis with his car. (Named Lewis in court documents, she is known to her family as Veronica Doyle.)

The 57-year-old’s body was found lying on the road at around 1:20 a.m. that morning on Firdale Drive, where it’s believed the two had lived together.

Police say Conway was drunk when he got behind the wheel of his vehicle, hit Lewis and took off.

Officers picked him up a short time later at the ferry terminal in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

In a previous court appearance, Conway told reporters the woman’s death was an accident.

Conway is charged with impaired driving causing death, operating a 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 last year.

His lengthy criminal record also includes a charge of leaving the scene of an accident Feb. 15 last year in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.

Twitter: TelyCourt

Geographic location: Portugal Cove

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