Hiemenz sentenced to 180 days after failing to stop for a fatal accident

Linda Lou Hiemenz, 56, Pierz, was convicted April 18 in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident when the accident resulted in death.

On June 21, 2012, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ATV accident. At the scene, officers located Ashley Elliot Schraut, Royalton, who was deceased. The accident appeared to be a hit and run.

The next day, after an officer spoke with Hiemenz about the accident, a passenger in the hit and run vehicle contacted the sheriff’s office and said the vehicle in question was driven by Hiemenz.

Hiemenz said she did not stop because she was afraid of getting into trouble since she did not have a driver’s license.

Hiemenz admitted at a plea hearing that she knew she hit a person with her vehicle, that he was seriously injured and that she failed to stop or report the accident.

One count of criminal vehicular homicide against Hiemenz was dismissed Dec. 14, 2012, after the Minnesota State Patrol completed its investigation and concluded the victim was the cause of the accident, not Hiemenz.

Hiemenz was sentenced to three years probation with the condition she serve 180 days in the Morrison County Jail and complete 120 hours of community service work. She was given a stay of imposition which states she may have the charges lowered to a misdemeanor if she abides by all the stipulations placed on her during her probation.