BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The man accused of driving when 23-year-old Megan Twist fell out of his moving pickup truck in November is now facing vehicular homicide and 13 other charges connected to her death.
The Glynn County jury has indicted Richard Wiltfand, 25, of Jacksonville, on vehicular homicide and other charges involving the death of his girlfriend after she fell from his pickup in November.
The indictment said Wiltfang lied to police several times, saying he hadn’t drank alcohol when he had, and he didn’t know where Megan’s phone was even though he took it after she fell -- and that she fell from the inside of his truck out the passenger’s side door – when really she fell from the running boards OUTSIDE of the truck.
Twist, also of Jacksonville, died a few days after Thanksgiving, after she was thrown from a moving truck that police said Wiltfand was driving.
Brunswick police said Twist was found unconscious on Reynolds Street about 7 p.m. Nov. 26 and was taken to a hospital. She was transferred to UF Health Jacksonville, where she died two days later.
According to a 13-count indictment handed down by a grand jury in Glynn County Superior Court, Wiltfang was under the influence of alcohol when he ran over and killed Twist.
Wiltfang was indicted on the following charges:
- Three counts of vehicular homicide
- One count of involuntary manslaughter
- Two counts of DUI
- Six counts of giving false statements
- One count of reckless driving
- One count of open container
The indictment said he denied to police that he had consumed any alcohol, but his blood-alcohol level was .08 grams hours after the incident. He also said he didn't know where Twist's cellphone was despite having taken it after she fell from his pickup.
The District Attorney’s Office said Friday morning that Wiltfang was not yet arrested. Once in custody, he'll face an arraignment, which should happen within the next month.
The Twist family told News4Jax they did not wish to make a statement about the new charges against Wiltfang, but added: "We do still appreciate and are humbled by the outpouring of love and prayers for our family during this difficult time."
Wiltfang sent News4Jax this message:
The pain in my heart remains constant everyday and serves as a reminder to this harsh reality. I miss Megan dearly and getting through life without her and her intense loving care is a constant uphill battle. At this point, I have no choice but to rely on the advice and guidance of my family and counsel as this situation moves forward. I pray for both of our families and all of those effected constantly in hopes for all of us to one day gain some sort of closure and understanding of the word 'happiness' once again. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and been so supporting during this difficult time."
Jacksonville attorney Gene Nichols, who is not involved in this case, said the charges against Wiltfang could carry prison time of up to 15 years.
The high school that Twist graduated is starting a $10,000 Megan Twist Memorial Scholarship for a student who characterizes a spirit of friendship and faith, qualities they said she exhibited while a student there.
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