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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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. : (
BBC July 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM


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