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Woman admits killing pedestrian while driving drunk in Billings

Woman admits killing pedestrian while driving drunk in Billings

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Tesha Dawn Williams

Williams

The woman accused of drunkenly hitting and killing a pedestrian with her car in May admitted homicide charges Monday.

Tesha Dawn Williams, 23, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while under the influence and criminal endangerment, both felonies, in Yellowstone County District Court.

Williams struck 20-year-old Sterling Bruder-Dominguez while he walked with another person along Eighth Street West early on May 29, 2018. Bruder-Dominguez died later at the hospital.

Williams blew a breath test of 0.223 at the DUI center, charges state. 

Williams admitted the two felonies, but three additional counts remain pending against her: two traffic misdemeanors and a charge of failure to stop or remain at an accident scene involving death or personal injuries, a felony.

Williams’ attorney said it would be up to prosecutors to decide how to proceed on the three remaining charges, for which Williams is set for trial in February.

Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Julie Mees said she would consult with the victim’s family on next steps.

As Williams was walking away from the podium after changing her plea, a man in the gallery stood up and pointed at her, saying, “Wait, you killed my son. You killed my son.”

Mees put her arm around the man and escorted him out of the courtroom, and roughly 10 others followed him out. 

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