Woman charged in crash deaths could face prison, fines

By Meaghen Harms

The Sycamore woman charged with the deaths of an NIU student and her boyfriend appeared in court Thursday morning.

Patricia Schmidt, 46, was charged with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated reckless driving. If convicted, the sentence for the two counts of reckless homicide would be two to five years in prison, and the sentence for aggravated reckless driving would be one to three years in prison. Schmidt would also have to pay $25,000 in fines plus restitution if convicted.

Judge Robbin Stuckert said that the counts of reckless driving could also lead to a five to 10 year extension if convicted as well as one year of parole and 30 months probation.

The counts of reckless driving could also lead to a three to five year extension in prison, one of year of parole and thirty months probation, Stuckert said.

According a Northern Star article Thursday, Schmidt was driving a Ford pickup truck going southbound on Route 23 near Plank Road when the truck collided with a Pontiac car going eastbound on Plank Road. The passenger in the Pontiac was NIU student Alexis “Lexi” Weber and the driver was her boyfriend Timothy T. Getzelman of Sycamore. 

Bail was previously set at $500,000, to which $50,000 had to be paid. Bail was posted on Wednesday.

Schmidt’s next hearing is at 8:45 a.m. on June 1 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.