Nicole Wiesner Charged With Aggravated DUI 'Great Bodily Harm'

The 20-year-old Geneva woman who crashed her car at Dodson and Bennett streets on May 4 now faces charges of aggravated driving under the influence.

Nicole Wiesner, the 20-year-old who , has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, Geneva police said in a Friday press release.

The crash had been at about 10:29 a.m. on that Friday in May. After the collision, Wiesner was driven to Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora. Her passenger, 22-year-old Lindsey Vanderheyden of Batavia, was lifted by helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

Vanderheyden initially told police Wiesner as her Chevrolet Cavalier hurtled west down the Dodson Street hill, ran through the stop sign and crashed into trees next to a residential driveway at 224 N. Bennett St., which is also IL Route 25.

At the time, a witness said, "It appeared that they were gaining speed, if anything, going down the hill."

Eleven days after the crash, in another single-car accident.

On May 15, Wiesner was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt north in the 600 block of North Kirk Road about 100 feet north of Geneva Drive around 7:40 p.m. That's when the Cobalt left the road and drove into a field, Geneva police reports said.

Wiesner told police she was fixing her shoe, and when she looked up, she had left the roadway. At the time, she was ticketed for driving while license suspended.

On June 22, Wiesner was arrested at around 3:29 a.m. along with a 19-year-old friend on charges of .

Prior police reports indicate that Wiesner had been cited for  at a home in the 800 block of Britta Lane and  in an apartment parking lot in the 300 block of Brittany Court.

The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team (KCART) helped Geneva police with the May 4 crash investigation.

An arrest warrant was issued July 16 by 16th Circuit Court Judge Marmarie J. Kostelny, reports indicate. Wiesner turned herself in on July 18, posted $5,000 bond (10 percent is required for release) and was released from custody.

She has a court date of 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Kane County Judicial Center, 37W777 state Route 38, St. Charles.

State statutes define Aggravated DUI—Bodily Harm as "driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds or any combination thereof. (a) A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle within this state while: under the influence of any intoxicating compound or combination of intoxicating compounds to a degree that renders the person incapable of driving safely."

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Koshka July 21, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Arthur, she has made herself a risk to the public given her arrest record. The public has a right to protection and an opinion on what it is going to take for them to get it. My week end will be nicer if I know this person is not on the road.
Rick Anderson July 21, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Wow, what an article and history. For every one of her there has to be 10 or more like her that haven't been caught. I think I'll just stay home and find coins so I can pay my property taxes.
mary fitzmaurice July 21, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I`m heartbroken by people who are so perfect that have never done any thing wrong can throw judgment on a 20 year old that made mistakes . I know you are perfect but most people do learn by there there mistakes .
AaronH July 21, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Simply put, if you can't afford the time, then don't do the crime.
Koshka July 21, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Mary, I am heartbroken by enablers like ypu who have no sense of their complicity in the behavior of alcoholics who endanger the public.
Monica July 21, 2012 at 03:21 AM
I'm sorry but the story is indeed convoluted and thus confusing. Perhaps the real issue here is why a twenty year old was still driving after at least three alcohol related incidents? I mean were toxology tests performed after the May 4th crash? That was never stated in the article. I don't believe it takes THAT long to get results.
Sandy Klimowski July 21, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Koshka - Have you lived with an alcoholic? If not, you can't possibly know that you have absolutely NO control over them. They have NO control over the alcohol. It's not a matter of them stopping drinking. Just like a herion addict cannot stop using, an alcoholic cannot stop using. Unless you tie them up and put them in a closet - you have no control! Families care, try to help and hurt. But until that person reaches a bottom and gets sick and tired of being sick and tired and in trouble, they can be sent to every rehab available and not come clean. Unless you've walked in those shoes, don't make judgments about the family and their not doing anything.
Just sayin' July 21, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Dew, she didn't just "mess up"' she willfully and knowingly has driven while intoxicated and endangered not only herself, her passenger, and every other driver on the road. Anyone can get a DUI, but when one crashes their car almost killing their passenger and continues driving under the influence and on a suspended license, that person is a moron. Too bad the family has to hear these comments - truth hurts doesn't it.
mary fitzmaurice July 21, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Koshka, I`m not a enabler I have two great children I raised very well but I just was saying negative things about others ON LINE is just wrong
Koshka July 21, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Sandy, Many of the posters here are enablers. The public has an interest in asking that the court system impose sever penalties on this person before they kill someone. Some here don't like to hear that.
Just sayin' July 21, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Koshka, I agree with you - she does sound like she is surrounded by enablers. Too bad for her because it will lead to nothing but an early death. Harsh? Yes, but true. My sister died at 34 from an alcohol overdose after being an alcoholic for about 9 years.
Sandy Klimowski July 21, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I pray that when she gets the help she is ready to accept it.
Karly July 21, 2012 at 09:20 AM
To Dew and the Nicole sympathizers: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? A TWENTY year old WOMAN made a decision to break the law, and she did so in a way that endangered me, my children, and everyone else on the road, I think the people who lives she has put in jeopardy have a right to express their opinions on her actions. Please tell me why should I be considerate of how I make Nicole feel with an online post? Tell me...Was she being considerate of me, of my family, of my neighbors when she got behind the wheel of car while intoxicated? Was she being helpful and beloved as she drunkenly plowed into a tree less than 1/2 mile from where my children go to school? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Do you not realize she crashed her car less than a half mile from an elementary school at 10:30 a.m. on a school day? To ask for people to be nice to this woman is a selfish request, just as Nicole is selfish in the fact that she thinks she is above the law. In seven months, this woman has chosen to break the law on at least five occasions, and I am willing to bet these are not isolated incidents. If she managed to get caught by law enforcement on 5 SEPARATE OCCASIONS in ONLY 7 months, how many times didn't she get caught? Nicole is a MENACE to our society. I hope the judge locks her up, and forces her to get the help she obviously desperately needs. And to those asking for kindness, I do not look kindly upon such selfish requests. Nicole has to reap what she has sowed.
Sandy Klimowski July 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM
There is no easy answer to this problem. There are many more stories out there just like this one. Addiction is a terrible thing which causes all kinds of heartache to all kinds of people. It's easy to blame the "enablers", to blame anybody and everybody, to call names, etc. And it's not just this particular story. There are others on the patch where the worst comes out in those who write comments. It's easy to write really nasty things when you're only using a first name or a made up name. If you can't own up to your comments by using your full/real name, don't make them at all.
Rich Walker July 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I'm amazed at the level of hatred complete strangers have for this young woman. I don't know her, don't know her family...but I do know that she needs to do what millions before her have done: admit she's powerless over alcohol and get to AA on the double. The courts will deal with her crimes - and yes, she broke the law, so there's a debt she owes. But to all you drooling haters (Jennifer, seriously, what kind of life do you have? Karly, Koshka...same question...how awful is your life that your pleasure comes from posting such comments?) she is no different than the millions of our friends, neighbors, and relatives battling an addiction. I don't excuse her, but I don't condemn her, either. I expect the state to punish her, take her license, whatever...but I pray she gets the help she needs. And while we're all at it, spare a thought and prayer for her family and friends. The hell the family of an addict goes through is constant. Those who've gone after them in these comments are willfully ignorant of this truth...and apparently get their kicks by posting disgusting comments. Shame on you. And to all of us with a family: never be so smug that you think it can't happen to you. It can and it does.
Sandy Klimowski July 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Rich - thank you for putting my thoughts to words. I feel the same way and you expressed them perfectly.
Pam DiDonato July 21, 2012 at 01:57 PM
It's not the amount of alcohol consumed one needs to consider, it's what HAPPENS when you drink. This seems to be a good example of someone that might have a problem.
Pam DiDonato July 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I can only hope that the family is getting some help through Al-Anon or Families Anonymous to help them cope. Family members that get help can actually help an addicted person decide to get help for themselves. Much love and hope to Nicole and her family.
Koshka July 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Mr Walker You find this drooling hating? "Arthur, she has made herself a risk to the public given her arrest record. The public has a right to protection and an opinion on what it is going to take for them to get it. My week end will be nicer if I know this person is not on the road." Really? As a member of the public and not a family member I am concerned that this person is removed from the road and I believe some amount of time in jail will motivate her to stay off the road. I know all about alcoholic families. It took ours more terrible circumstances than these to drop the sanctimonious excuse making and enabling and begin to allow the consequences hit home. One of the consequences is a loss of sympathy from the public when the public is repeatedly put in danger. I am sure the family is suffering and hoping that this person recovers. I hope that too. I am also hoping the court does it's job and protects the public from the terrible suffering death by DUI inflicts on it.
Arthur Dietrich July 21, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Thank you, Rich. You speak for many of us who have lived with alcoholics. The public doesn't understand the disease unless they've lived it. I'm really shocked and disappointed at some of the opinions expressed on this site.
Pam July 21, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I agree, Rich. Some really mean spirited posters on here.
Pam July 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I agree. Why did they wait so long to charge her? They should have been able to test her for alcohol at the scene of the accident or at the hospital right after.
Lois Lane July 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I wonder who is supplying her with the alcohol. I assume her family wouldn't keep alcohol in their house considering her issues. Where ever or who ever is supplying her should also be charged.
Elaine Lane July 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM
To the family: Hide her car, and take the wheels off. Hold an intervention and get her into rehab. Be ready to tell her what the bottom line is if she won't. Do what you have to do to help her stop this bender she's on. Of course, it isn't EASY, but if Nicole had a different disease, for instance, a heart condition, wouldn't you make sure she got the medical care she needed?? This is no different. If you don't take care of this now, someone is going to die. Could be Nicole. Or how are you going to feel when she goes to prison for the rest of her life when she kills an INNOCENT person because you didn't give her some tough love? She's not 21 yet, you may have more power than you think about getting her some help. And to "Jennifer": Your immature, cruel remarks about Nicole's appearance says more about you than her.
Lois Lane July 22, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Jennifer seems almost as creepy as the Carla woman that has the obsession with Jenny McCarthy and Brian. Getting scary to go into Geneva! I agree that her remarks are uncalled for, hurtful and have nothing to do with the issue. Nice of Jennifer to let everyone know that she can locate Nicole if she feels the need to stalk someone. That should help the GPD.
Pam July 22, 2012 at 02:10 AM
You go,girl!
Pam July 22, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I agree. I think "Jennifer" might have some personnel issues with Nicole.
Karly July 22, 2012 at 08:50 AM
I believe you are failing to differentiate between the disease of addiction and breaking the law. The disease of addiction renders an addict powerless over his/her drug of choice. It does not render the addict powerless over upholding the law. You seem to be exculpating Nicole because she may be an alcoholic. Alcoholism is not the reason she almost killed somebody. I was completely incensed that a family member of Nicole's posted on here to defend her. If this person had judiciously issued a blanket apology and stated Nicole was seeking help, I would have nothing but respect for the situation. Unfortunately, the motivations of said family member were completely selfish and self-serving. And lastly, if you think the family of an addict knows hell, may you never know the hell of losing a family member, because a stranger made a bad decision. I've known that hell since the age of seven, when my father and older sister were killed by a drugged driver. What I wouldn't give to have them in my life, even if they were both addicts. I know my mother, brother, and every other victim I have ever met would agree. I implore each and every one of you to see things from the other side. Head over to the M.A.D.D. office in Downer's Grove and volunteer. You don't know hell, until you have seen our hell. And to borrow your line, never be so smug that you think it can't happen to you. It can, it does, and it hurts a hell of a lot worse.
Monica July 23, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Rhonda Lee, your post says it all... Practical yet compassionate advice to the family, as well as concern for public safety. Thank you. P.S. To Carly. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad and sister. : (
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