Beaver Dam Woman Now Accused Of Killing Pedestrian In Hit And Run Crash

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman is now accused of killing a pedestrian following a hit and run crash. The two felony counts against Maria Hernandez were upgraded from Cause Great Bodily Harm to Cause Death.

The charges are Hit and Run and Knowingly Operate a Vehicle without a Valid License. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday after Hernandez failed to appear for her arraignment hearing.

Beaver Dam paramedics were dispatched just before 6am in December 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 and told them 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 52-year-old reportedly said she did not stop because she was scared. If convicted, Hernandez now faces up to 31 years in prison.