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Tesha Dawn Williams

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A 22-year-old Billings woman has been charged in a hit-and-run that left a pedestrian with injuries he’s not expected to survive.

Tesha Dawn Williams made her initial appearance in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Thursday. She is charged with three felonies: negligent vehicular assault, criminal endangerment and failure to stop or remain at an accident scene involving death or personal injuries.

Williams also faces two misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle without proof of liability protection in effect.

A man and woman between 18 and 20 years old were walking on Eighth Street West early Tuesday when Williams drove up in an older model yellow Mustang, according to charges.

The pair heard squealing tires before the car struck the man from behind, narrowly missing the woman, she later told police. The impact threw the man several feet forward, she said, and the car continued north, turning east onto Grand Avenue.

When police arrived shortly after 1:30 a.m., they found the man lying on his back in the street with his neck on the curb. An ambulance transported him to St. Vincent Healthcare with life-threatening injuries. He is not expected to survive, according to charges.

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When a Montana State University Billings police officer later pulled Williams over, she was driving east in the westbound lane of Rimrock Road, near North 27th Street, charges state.

Williams appeared disoriented and spoke in a slow, slurred manner, and the officer had to ask numerous times for her to turn off her car, charges state. The officer saw damage to the car and windshield, and what looked like blood on the front bumper.

Williams was then taken to the DUI center, where she reportedly blew a breath test of 0.223, or nearly three times the legal blood alcohol limit.

In a statement to law enforcement, Williams denied hitting anyone while driving and said any damage to the car was from before she’d purchased it or from her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. She said she’d had three drinks, either at work or at a bar.

Justice of the Peace Jeanne Walker set bond at $100,000.

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