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Woodlawn Woman Sentenced in Deadly Hit-and-Run Case

A Woodlawn woman involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident last year in Washington County was sentenced to weekend jail time and probation last week.

Caitlin Happach, 27, pled guilty to two counts of failure to report an accident and was sentenced to spend weekends in jail for the next four years, as well as probation during the same time frame.

Prosecutors originally charged Happach with reckless homicide involving a motor vehicle, as well as one count each of failure to report an accident involving a death and failure to report an accident involving injury.

The accident occurred in January of 2018 near mile marker 47 on Interstate 64. Ervin Goeden, 93, of Omaha, Neb., was killed in the accident. His wife, Patricia, was injured and never walked again before her death in September of last year at the age of 81.

Police investigators tracked down Happach through a license plate bracket found on the scene of the accident. She was arrested in August 2018.She will report to the Washington County Jail on Friday, October 4 by 7 p.m. and be released Sunday, October 6 at 7 p.m. as the start to her sentence of serving every weekend in jail for the next four years.

In addition to jail and probation, Happach was sentenced to complete 1,000 of community service and pay a fine of $10,000.

1 Comment

  1. Concerned county citizen on October 3, 2019 at 9:12 am

    I’m am disgusted with this County’s ability to prosecute crime. This woman took someone’s life away. She took a family member and loved one away. Her punishment? Two counts of failure to report an accident. I’ve heard of people abandoning their vehicles to avoid a DUI and this is the charge they get. This is completely astonishing. Why do the citizens continue to vote to retain our prosecution. I am ashamed and saddened. Justice was not served in this case.

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