FARGO — A Fargo woman was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide early Friday, Sept. 11, after a vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian near 10th Avenue and 42nd Street South.
Shanyell Headswift, 32, was arrested after the collision and taken to the Cass County Jail, Fargo police said.
Headswift was charged in Cass County District Court with a felony count of criminal vehicular homicide and a misdemeanor count of hindering law enforcement/giving false information or report to law enforcement.
Fargo Police Sgt. Sam Bollman said it appeared the victim, who was identified by police as Peter McKenney, 39, of Alexandria, Minn., may have been walking home from a grocery store when he was struck. The victim was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
According to charging documents:
Officers responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle about 1 a.m. Friday, and they found Headswift at the scene of the crash behind the wheel of a vehicle.
An officer noted a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle, and Headswift showed signs of impairment, including poor balance and a strong odor of alcohol.
Headswift reported having drank a six pack of beer and a couple of "shooters," court documents state. A blood draw was taken but the results were not included in available court documents.
After initially telling police she was the only occupant of the vehicle, Headswift later told police a man had also been in the vehicle. He apparently left before police arrived, according to court documents.
Court records did not list an attorney for Headswift as of Friday.