Hiemenz charged with criminal vehicular homicide

Linda Lou Hiemenz, 55, Pierz, has been charged with one felony count each of criminal vehicular homicide or operation, failing to stop after causing injury or death in a traffic accident and failing to notify police of personal injury by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On June 21, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV accident. At the scene, officers located Ashley Elliot Schraut of Royalton who was deceased. The accident appeared to be a hit and run.

The next day, after an officer had spoken with Hiemenz at her home about the accident, the sheriff’s office was allegedly contacted by a passenger in the hit and run vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, the witness said the vehicle, a 1997 GMC Yukon, was driven by Hiemenz.

The witness said they were driving northbound on 290th Avenue when an ATV appeared at the intersection of 63rd Street. He told officers Hiemenz struck the ATV, then it appeared as if she ran over the victim. According to the criminal complaint, Hiemenz did not stop and said that she was afraid she would get into trouble as she did not have a driver’s license.

Allegedly, another passenger told Hiemenz to stop and check on the victim after the accident occurred, but she continued driving until she arrived home.

Hiemenz was later located and placed under arrest. At the sheriff’s office, she allegedly admitted she was the driver of the Yukon and that she did strike the ATV and knew that the victim had suffered serious injuries.

If convicted, Hiemenz faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.