(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman made her initial appearance in court Wednesday on Hit and Run charges. Maria Hernandez is facing the felony count as well as a charge of Knowingly Operate a Vehicle without a Valid License Cause Great Bodily Harm.
Beaver Dam paramedics were dispatched at 5:56am Tuesday (December 21st) to a hit-and-run crash with a pedestrian at the intersection of Wayland and East Burnett streets. While at the scene, officers were approached by someone who allegedly said that Hernandez was the offender.
According to the criminal complaint, the individual said Hernandez called them to let them know what happened. Witnesses reportedly saw Hernandez’s vehicle travel at a high rate of speed, brake after the crash, and then kept going.
When questioned, Hernandez allegedly said she did not see the victim because it was dark. The 51-year-old reportedly said she did not stop because she was scared. The victim suffered a brain and spine injury.
If convicted, Hernandez faces up to 18-and-a-half years in prison. Cash bond was set at $500 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 27th.