SYCAMORE – The trial date for a Sycamore woman charged in a February 2011 crash that killed a local couple was pushed back another seven months Thursday.
Patricia L. Schmidt, 48, is charged with reckless homicide in the crash that killed 21-year-olds Timothy T. Getzelman, of Sycamore and Alexis Y. Weber, of Maple Park will now stand trial Sept. 30 instead of the scheduled start date of Feb. 25. She is free on bond. Reckless homicide carries a potential prison sentence of two to five years in prison.
Schmidt’s trial was originally scheduled for December 2011.
Gregg Smith, Schmidt’s attorney, said the date was pushed back because of all the trials coming up in the spring and the need to schedule hearings for pretrial motions. The next motion hearing is set for May 21 for the judge to consider the defense’s request to suppress statements, Smith said.
Getzelman and Weber were traveling east on Peace Road in Sycamore on Feb. 21, 2011, when Schmidt, traveling south on North Main Street, struck Getzelman’s vehicle on the driver’s side. Witnesses said Getzelman had the right of way.
Authorities have said results from the Illinois State Police crime lab analysis of Schmidt’s blood showed the presence of multiple prescription drugs, including the anti-anxiety drugs lorazepam and phenobarbital, the sedative mephobarbital and three others, at the time of the accident.
Schmidt faces 18 charges including reckless homicide, aggravated reckless driving and aggravated driving under the influence of drugs.