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Former Woodstock woman charged in fatal wreck

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 5:18 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 11:43 p.m. CST
Hanna M. Schacht

A former Woodstock woman who drove the getaway car last year in a fatal drug deal gone awry is accused of killing a central Wisconsin man in a drunken driving crash there.

Hanna M. Schacht, 23, is charged with homicide by drunken driving after a crash Sunday morning killed 51-year-old Daniel Wetzel of Lanark, Wis.

Wisconsin authorities said Schacht had nearly twice the legal drinking limit when the crash happened at 10:20 a.m. She is still on probation on a misdemeanor charge in McHenry County.

She faces up to 25 years in prison for the latest charges from Portage County, Wis. Schacht, who now lives in Amhurst, Wis., was at the center of what local police in May 2012 called a drug deal gone wrong.

In that case, Schacht’s co-defendants arranged to buy drugs from 26-year-old Joseph Woodell, but fled without paying for one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana. Woodell chased them and jumped on the hood of a car driven by Schacht. He hit his head on the pavement when he was thrown from the vehicle and later died.

In January, Schacht took a deal in McHenry County in which she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge, or nonreporting probation.

Authorities in Portage County, Wis., said Schacht was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 when she struck and killed Wetzel. He was the passenger in a vehicle driven by his son, who was pulling out of the driveway. Wetzel died at the scene, and his 31-year-old son remains at the hospital.

Speed also was a factor in the latest crash, according to police in Wisconsin. Schacht struck the back of Wetzel’s car, causing it to rotate, go off the road and strike a tree. Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske said Schacht is believed to have been driving 65 or 70 mph on the rural, hilly road.

Schacht had been drinking for most of the day on Saturday, Molepske said, and had stopped about 3 a.m. on Sunday, less than eight hours before the crash.

She was appointed a public defender and her bond was set at $100,000. Her next court date is Sept. 30.

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