Friday, May 17, 2013

5-20-13 fdl man charged in car versus pedestrian crash

A Fond du Lac man told investigators he smoked marijuana and drank a bottle of whiskey the night before he struck and critically injured a Fond du Lac woman.  Forty seven year old Aarron Schmitz made his initial Fond du lac court appearance Friday on charges of reckless injury and bail jumping.
Bail was set at $25,000 cash.  Investigators say Schmitz was driving a vehicle that veered off Winnebago Drive near Bechaud Beach Drive Tuesday striking 46 year old Traci Luther of Fond du Lac.  Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says it appears Schmitz may have fallen asleep at the wheel.  According to a criminal complaint Schmitz told investigators he smoked three cigar size marijuana doobies and drank an entire liter bottle of whiskey the night before.  Schmitz told investigators he had no idea what happened and “should have quit driving.”   After conducting a drug recognition evaluation of Schmitz Fond du lac County Sheriff’s sergeant Renee Schuster said it was her opinion Schmitz was still recovering from the night before and that rendered him unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 24th.  Luther remains in critical condition at Theda Clark Regional Medical Center in Neenah.

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