Overland woman charged with DWI after hitting and killing boyfriend

2013-09-12T16:44:00Z 2013-12-30T17:51:06Z Overland woman charged with DWI after hitting and killing boyfriendBy Christine Byers cbyers@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8087 stltoday.com

OVERLAND • A 21-year-old woman has been criminally charged after police say she struck her boyfriend with her car, killing him while she was drunk.

St. Louis County prosecutors charged Rachel Collier of the 9100 block of Delphine Avenue on Aug. 23 with involuntary manslaughter and DWI for the April 28 incident in which Desmond Edwards, 26, was killed.

Collier told police she and Edwards had been drinking and arguing inside the car near the 2700 block of Tennyson Avenue about midnight. When he got out, she moved to the driver's seat, started the car and started driving, according to court documents.

She told police that she saw Edwards in the road, but was going too fast and didn't see him when she hit him, according to the documents. 

Within minutes of the incident, police said Collier arrived at a nearby house and told witnesses about it. Those witnesses then called police. 

Edwards was pronounced dead at DePaul Health Center at 12:52 a.m. on April 28.

Collier's blood-alcohol level was .094 at about 5:30 a.m. and .072 at 6:42 a.m., according to court documents. The legal limit is .08 in Missouri.

Her bail has been set at $75,000. A police photo of Collier was not immediately available.

Edwards' obituary described Collier as "the love of his life." He also is survived by two children, Desmond Owen Edwards Jr., 5, and Jaidyn Owen Edwards, 2, according to the obituary.

Christine Byers is a crime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Follow her on Twitter

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