William Conway, 50, has been charged in the death early this morning of Veronica Lewis, 57, in the Airport Heights area of St. John’s.
Lewis was reportedly Conway’s girlfriend. She was found on the road in Airport Heights this morning around 1:20 a.m.
Conway 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 breaching court orders.
The court orders are believed to be in relation to a charge involving Conway assaulting Lewis in August.
In court this afternoon, Conway was ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment overnight and return to court Friday.
Man arrested in Airport Heights death
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has arrested a man in connection with the death of a 57-year-old woman in the Airport Heights area of St. John's early this morning.
The RNC has confirmed for The Telegram that William Conway, 50, is in police custody and is expected to be formally charged in court this afternoon with impaired driving causing death, operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, failure to remain at the scene of a collision and breaches of a court order. The vehicle was impounded.
The woman who died is reported to have been his girlfriend. The RNC said in a news release, she was found on the road this morning around 1:20 a.m. Police have confirmed that the victim and the accused knew each other.
The Telegram is following this story and will provide further updates as soon as possible.
By Ashley Fitzpatrick
The Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine how a 57-year-old woman died in the Airport Heights area of St. John’s.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) responded to a report of a sudden death about 1:20 a.m. this morning. Police were still on the scene as of 8:50 a.m.
“We do not believe there to be a public safety concern at this time,” stated RNC Const. Talia Murphy, in response to questions from The Telegram.
“Once further details are available they will be provided.”
In a news release, the RNC said the woman was found on the road in the area.
"Major crime investigators are now working with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. No arrests have been made at this time however there is believed to be no public safety concern," the RNC said.
Police are asking anyone with information in relation to this investigation to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.