After initially fleeing the scene and hiding the car, Teisha Randle now admits she struck and killed an Augsburg College student after a night of partying to celebrate her pregnancy.
Witnesses in the court room were stunned when Randle, 27, not only pled guilty in the fatal crash but also admitted to drinking wine while taking the painkiller Percoset as she celebrated her pregnancy with friends on Oct. 27.
Randle told the judge she had taken at least four of the pills as well as cough syrup with codeine in it that night. She also admitted to drinking some wine, but the criminal complaint claims she also drank vodka straight from a bottle and was wobbling when she left a club.
The family of 20-year-old Austin Conley is still reeling from his death, and his father, Earl, told FOX 9 News he didn't know what to make of Randle's actions.
"It just didn't sit well with me," Earl Conley told FOX 9 News. "There was no accountability. I didn't see that."
Yet, Randle did plead guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run crash, admitting that she struck Austin Conley as he was crossing 3rd Street North at 1st Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The impact was so intense, it literally threw the college freshman out of his sneakers -- but Randle didn't stop. Instead, she sped away.
"To leave my son to die in the street and not come to his aid, it's a hard thing -- not just as a parent, but as a human being -- to accept," Earl Conley said.
Tips eventually led authorities to Randle and her heavily-damaged vehicle, which was concealed in the garage of her St. Paul home.
"It's bad enough to drink too much, then to drive when you are drunk," said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. "It's really horrendous when you drive 50 mph downtown and hit somebody and don't stop."
Freeman is asking for a four-year prison sentence, but Earl Conley said he knows no punishment will ever bring back his boy.
"My son would be done with his bachelor's degree in four years," he said. "That was my plan for his life, his plan for his life. To get 36 months, 48 months -- man, you get out of prison, your clothes are still in style. I'm going to miss my son the rest of my life."
Randle's attorney told FOX 9 News that she terminated her pregnancy after being too distraught to bring another life into this world after having taken the life of another.
Randle will be sentenced on April 22.
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