IL woman charged with reckless homicide months after deadly crash

Published: Aug. 8, 2018 at 11:11 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 at 3:08 PM CDT
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ILLINOIS (KFVS) - A deadly crash led to the arrest of a Woodlawn, Illinois woman on August 7.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the arrest of Caitlin R. Happach, 26, following a deadly crash on I-64 near Nashville, Illinois, on January 5.

Happach is charged with two counts of failure to report an accident and one count of reckless homicide.  All three counts are felony charges.

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On the day of the crash, a Toyota Avalon was traveling eastbound on I-64 in the right lane. A black 2007 Cadillac CTS, also traveling in the right lane, approached the Toyota from the rear at a high rate of speed.

The Cadillac passed the Toyota on the left and merged back into the right lane, hitting the Toyota.

Police said the impact caused the Toyota to veer off the roadway and crash into a tree.

One of the passengers in the Toyota was killed and another suffered serious injuries.  The Cadillac left the scene of the crash according to police.

The ISP conducted an investigation and it was determined that Happach was the driver of the Cadillac at the time of the crash.

On August 7 Happach was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.  She posted bond and was released.

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