UPDATE: Court Doc: Suspect in OWI Fatal was 2X Over Legal Limit

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Fri 12:13 PM, Mar 14, 2014

Court documents say a woman accused of causing a crash that killed a young man in the summer of 2012, had a blood alcohol level of .174; more than two times over the legal limit for driving.

Sheriff’s deputies said a SUV driven by Heather Schmidt, 38, crossed the center on County Trunk E and hit 18-year-old Dylan Thorne's oncoming vehicle head-on. Thorne died at the scene.

During an interview with a deputy at the hospital Schmidt said she had finished working a third shift schedule at her job and had then gone to an area bar. Schmidt told the deputy she had two beers; however court documents indicate she would have had more to drink.

A witness of the crash said Schmidt's vehicle was driving erratically. Another witness said they hear no brake sound prior to the crash.

Investigators said Schmidt was driving northbound in the southbound lane on County Trunk E, and had been traveling at 54-59 mph five seconds before the crash.

Schmidt is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and homicide by use of vehicle with prohibited alcohol concentration.

She's free on a $50,000 signature bond.

She'll return to court on April 9.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Mon 1:55 PM, Feb. 24, 2014

Criminal charges have now been filed against a Waupaca County woman accused of causing a crash that killed an 18-year-old man in July 2012.

Online court records show Heather Schmidt, 38, of Ogdensburg will be charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and homicide by use of vehicle with prohibited alcohol concentration during a court appearance on March 14.

Sheriff’s deputies said an SUV driven by Schmidt crossed the center on County Trunk E and hit Dylan Thorne's oncoming vehicle. Thorne died at the scene.


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