Schmidt files motion to dismiss indictment

By Dave Gong

Pre-trial motions were filed at a hearing Wednesday for the Sycamore woman charged in the February accident that killed an NIU student and her boyfriend.

Attorneys for Patricia Schmidt, 47, filed a motion to dismiss Schmidt’s indictment, as well as a motion for a change of venue for the case.

An indictment is a formal charge or accusation of a crime.

Schmidt has been charged with reckless homicide, aggravated reckless driving and aggravated reckless driving under the influence.

The accident occurred Feb. 21. Schmidt was driving a Ford pickup truck south bound on Sycamore Road when she allegedly drove through a red light and collided with a Pontiac heading east bound on Plank Road. The Pontiac was driven by Timothy T. Getzelman, 21, of Sycamore, and NIU student Alexis “Lexi” Weber, 21, who was riding as a passenger in Getzelman’s vehicle.

Getzelman was pronounced dead at about 6:12 p.m. and Weber was taken to Kishwaukee Community Hospital, 1 Kish Hospital Drive, where she was pronounced dead.

According to court documents, Schmidt’s next scheduled court date is Nov. 10.

Phil Montgomery, DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney, was unavailable for comment as of press time.