I’m not sure how you get so many charges from one death.

Minnesota man charged with criminal vehicular homicide

By Forum News Service Today at 10:47 a.m.

MILACA, Minn. — Criminal charges have been filed against an Isle man in connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman whose body was found last week in Mille Lacs County.


William Phillip Sayers Jr., 33, made his first appearance Tuesday in Mille Lacs County District Court. He was charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two gross misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated in connection with the death of Tanya Jean Skinaway.

Sayers, who also was convicted of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular opeation and DWI in 2012, is being held in Mille Lacs County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Sayers:

– On March 2, an Isle police officer discovered a body near the south shoulder of Chiminising Drive near Isle. The body was identified as Skinaway. A Mille Lacs Tribal investigator was called to the scene. Near the body of Skinaway was the grill from a Chrysler vehicle with the Chrysler emblem and license plate still attached to the grill. A Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputy located the Chrysler in Isle. The deputy saw heavy damage to the windshield and it appeared to be from something hitting the windshield from outside the car. The deputy saw movement within the car on the driver’s side. He approached the vehicle to see if anyone was injured and saw a male party, identified as Sayers, slumped over to his right in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

– The deputy asked Sayers to walk to his patrol vehicle to sit down and assess any injuries. The deputy could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Sayers. Sayers stumbled down the driveway towards the patrol vehicle, the complaint stated. The deputy performed Standard Field Sobriety Tests. In performing a test, Sayers indicated signs of impairment including distinct and sustained deviation in both of Sayer’s eyes. In performing the walk and turn test, Sayers indicated signs of impairment including missing heel to toe on every step, stepping off the line on multiple steps and using his arms for balance. In performing the one leg stand test, Sayers indicated signs of impairment including touching his foot down on multiple occasions, bringing his arms up level with his shoulders for balance and swaying left to right. Sayers submitted a preliminary breath test, which indicated a blood alcohol content of .224. Sayers was arrested.

– An investigator interviewed Sayers who said no one but him had driven the vehicle the previous night or early that morning. Sayers said he had been with Skinaway earlier that night. – The investigator saw flesh on the left-front quarter panel of the vehicle near where the quarter panel meets the front left headlight. The preliminary medical examiner’s report of Skinaway showed multiple blunt force injuries attributable to being struck by a car. Skinaway had a large wound to the outside of her left knee and multiple small fragments of what appeared to be gray-silver paint were within the wound.

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