JUNEAU | A 21-year-old West Bend woman made her initial appearance Friday on charges of hitting a pedestrian while driving in Beaver Dam on Jan. 26 and leaving the scene.
A 33-year-old Beaver Dam man received critical injuries including a fractured skull.
Stephanie M. Goltz, West Bend, is charged with hit and run causing great bodily harm and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license causing great bodily harm to another. If convicted, she faces up to 18.5 years in prison.
Court commissioner Steven Seim ordered a $2,500 cash bond in the case, with the conditions that Goltz not operate a motor vehicle without permission from the court, not consume alcohol or other intoxicants and maintain absolute sobriety.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called for a report of a man who had been struck by a vehicle while he was walking on Madison Street south of the Beaver Dam city limits on Jan. 26 at 3:21 a.m.
The injured man was transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital and then to UW Hospital in Madison.
A witness who was walking with the man told officers that the two had been walking to get cigarettes when a vehicle came up behind them. The witness said the man was hit by the vehicle, went up over the hood and over the top of the vehicle. The man’s leg was caught in the wheel well at some point.
The complaint states that the witness said the vehicle never slowed down, instead accelerating toward Highway 151. The
witness said he banged on windows in the area to get help.
He described the vehicle as a dark-colored sedan. The witness told officers that it appeared the driver might have been drunk and drifted into the man.
According to the complaint, on Jan. 27 authorities received a call from an attorney who said he had been hired to represent the passenger in the vehicle, who wanted to come forward with information on the crash. The passenger said he had been drinking in Beaver Dam and didn’t realize they had hit a man until he’d seen it on the news. He turned the vehicle over to police and identified Goltz as the driver.
The complaint states the passenger said Goltz had been there as a designated driver. He said she had mostly been drinking water, although she may have had a beer or two. He told officers that there had been a thump, but because of the blowing snow, it was difficult to see.
Goltz retained attorney Julius Kim of West Bend and turned herself in on Jan. 29. She refused to make a statement.
A review hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.