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Amherst Woman Charged in Fatal OWI Crash


UPDATE: Mon 5:52 AM, Sept 30, 2013

A 23-year-old Amherst woman is charged in a fatal OWI accident that injured one person and killed another. Hanna Schacht remains behind bars on a $100,000 cash bond.

The crash happened at 10:20 a.m. September 15 on Buelow Road near County Road D in the Town of Lenark, near Amherst.

Fifty-one year old Daniel Wetzel died at the scene. Richard Wetzel, 31, was transported to Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah.

According to the Portage County Sheriff's Department, Richard Wetzel was turning eastbound out of his driveway on Buelow road when an eastbound vehicle driven by Hanna Schacht struck the rear of Wetzel's vehicle causing it to strike a tree.

Witnesses told investigators Schacht was speeding at the time of the crash and had been drinking the night before.

According to the Stevens Point Journal, Schacht was charged in 2012 with failing to report an accident that caused a death in Woodstock, Ill.

Schacht is charged with homicide by drunk driving and three felonies related to drinking while driving. She'll return to court on October 10.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Sun 4:51 PM, Sept 15, 2013

The Portage County Sheriff's Department says alcohol played a role in a fatal accident in the Town of Lenark. Fifty-one year old Daniel Wetzel died at the scene of the accident on Buelow Road. His son, Richard Wetzel,31, was transported to Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah.

According to the Portage County Sheriff's Department, Richard Wetzel was turning eastbound out of his driveway on Buelow road when another eastbound vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the rear of Wetzel's vehicle causing it to rotate clockwise, going off the road and then striking a tree with the drivers door.

The other vehicle was being operated by 23-year old Hanna Schacht.
Further investigation revealed Schacht had been driving under the influence and that there were three other passengers in the vehicle. The passengers, who were not injured in the crash, were identified as Trevor Young, Seth Bell and Kristina Klinger. All the passengers had been wearing their seatbelts. Schacht was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence and transported to the Portage County Jail. Criminal charges are pending upon the review of the Portage County District Attorney's Office.

The Portage County Sheriff's office was assisted by the Waupaca Fire Department, Gold Cross ambulance, Portage County Ambulance, Amherst Emergency Medical Technicians and the Portage County Highway Department.


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