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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hart pleads innocent in drunken driving crash

By Ted Sullivan/The Week

A Genoa City teen pleaded innocent Tuesday to charges of killing a man in a November drunken-driving wreck and later drinking alcohol while out on bail.

Krystal A. Hart, 17, was arraigned in Walworth County Circuit Court for the felony charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in the head-on crash that killed Everado Chimal Lopez, 54, of Delavan.

She also appeared on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer and a felony bail jumping charge stemming from a March party in Lake Geneva. Police said she was caught drinking alcohol while out on bail and lied to officers about her name.

In court Tuesday, Hart sat at a table with her defense attorney, Jim Martin. Hart's parents sat in the back row of the courtroom.

Hart's defense attorney told the judge he wanted the blood sample taken on the night of the crash released by the state for independent testing. He also said Hart was willing to waive her right to a speedy trial.

When Circuit Judge James Carlson asked Hart whether she wanted to give up that right, Hart responded, "Yes, your honor."

According to the criminal complaint, Hart was driving in the oncoming lane along County H in Como at 2:45 a.m. Nov. 3 and plowed into a vehicle being driving by Lopez.

Lopez died an hour later.

Hart told police she had been drinking earlier that night in Lake Geneva, according to court records, and her blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent.

The teen also told police she had smoked marijuana hours before the crash, according to the complaint, and a marijuana pipe was found in the car.

Then, while Hart was out on bail and her parents were out of town, officers responded to a loud-party complaint March 15 in Lake Geneva and arrested Hart for obstructing and bail jumping.

Hart remains free on $50,000 signature bail co-signed by her parents. She will appear in court July 18 for a status hearing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her plea of not guilty was not a surprise, it is her right to have a trial. It is a fact that she told the police she had been drinking and smoking marijuana prior to the "accident". Her parents do hold some of the responsibility. Come on, they bailed her out and then left her alone while they were out of town? They signed her bond and then just let her be alone? Charges should be brought against them as well. "Hart's parents sat in the back row of the courtroom." THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE, WERE THEY HIDING BECAUSE THEY KNEW THEY ARE PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE?

June 11, 2008 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not guilty huh??? well the guy died so what exactly is she NOT GUILTY about?? was all this just a dream?? NOPE!! MR LOPEZ IS DEAD.. if the tables were turned,, im sure this guy would STILL be in jail for life.. instead, lets let this girl get wasted in mcdonalds parking lot in lake geneva when ever she wants. with her new iphone,clothes,computers,ipods, and all the other things her parents keep buying her.. well if killing someone is so easy to get away with,, maybe we should all give it a try. im so glad all of our tax paying dollars are going to such a GREAT system... PUT THIS GIRL IN JAIL WHERE SHE BELONGS>>>
and stop wasting OUR $

June 12, 2008 7:27 AM  

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