Woodstock woman denies charges from fatal hit-and-run
WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock woman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that she stole marijuana from a man who then jumped on the hood of her car and eventually died from his injuries.
Hanna Schacht, 22, is charged with one count each of theft and leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury or death.
According to police, John C. Kurchina, also of Woodstock, arranged to buy drugs from Joseph A. Woodell. On May 20, he went to a gathering at Woodell's home at 610 Lawndale Ave.
Kurchina allegedly left without paying for the 1/8 ounce of marijuana and Woodell chased him.
Kurchina got into a vehicle driven by Schacht, who sped off, police said. In an attempt to stop them, Woodell jumped on the vehicle and was thrown onto the street, hitting his head on the pavement.
He was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was in critical condition and unresponsive. He died May 26.
Charges also remain pending against Kurchina and a third person also charged with theft, William B. Howell, 22, of Woodstock.
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