More information has been released in the hit-and-run crash that killed a former Blue Earth County Commissioner walking on East Main Street in Mankato last week.
Mankato Police say 88-year-old William Maher’s body was found partially in the street and partially on the sidewalk just after 1:00 a.m. last Wednesday, and evidence at the scene pointed to a Jeep Cherokee having been involved.
Investigators say late Thursday night 36-year-old Abby Zoellmer of North Mankato turned herself in, was arrested, and is facing a preliminary charge of criminal vehicular homicide.
The criminal complaint shows that the witness that reported finding Maher’s body was Zoellmer’s boyfriend, and she told police that she was headed to his house after drinking, “At least five mugs,” of beer, which she said were 20 to 23 ounces each.
Zoellmer also said Maher came out of nowhere as she traveled down Main Street Hill, that she knew she had hit him but wasn’t aware of the extent of his injuries, and didn’t know what to do so she continued home.
Investigators prepared the criminal complaint to comply with the 36 and 48 hour rules of the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure, but add the investigation is ongoing.
Maher’s funeral was held Monday morning at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.