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Amherst woman accused of causing second fatal crash in two years

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - A central Wisconsin woman is accused of causing a second traffic death in recent years. 

23-year-old Hanna Schacht of Amherst appeared in Portage County Circuit Court Monday on four felony charges related to drunk driving. 

Authorities said she was going almost 70 miles an hour on a town road September 15th, when she struck a car that was leaving a driveway.

That driver, 31-year-old Richard Wetzel, was seriously hurt. His 51-year-old father Daniel Wetzel died at the scene. 

Schacht's blood alcohol level was said to be 0.15, almost twice the legal limit. She's in jail under a $100,000 cash bond on charges of causing death and injury by OWI, plus two related counts of driving with a prohibited blood alcohol level. 

Her next court appearance is set for October 10th, when a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to order a trial. 

In 2012, Schacht was convicted in Woodstock Illinois for speeding, after a friend tried stealing marijuana from a drug dealer. The dealer was riding on the roof of the car and fell off. He later died from head injuries.

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