Plymouth Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Homicide Charge
The 51-year-old Plymouth woman accused of causing a fatal accident in Fond du Lac County in August entered a not guilty plea to a homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle charge when she was arraigned yesterday. Laurie Garcia’s lawyer, Dylan Schultz, also made a motion to reduce her $25,000 cash bond but Judge Dale English denied it. A 4-day jury trial has been scheduled to begin on January 21st. Garcia was passing a line of cars on Highway 23 east of Fond du Lac on August 14th and 53-year-old Kathleen Fee of Fond du Lac who was in the oncoming lane went onto the shoulder of the road to avoid her. Fee lost control of her car and crossed over the centerline where a car driven by 41-year-old Mark Feldner of St. Cloud struck her vehicle causing it to flip around. Fee wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was thrown from her car and died at the scene. Feldner suffered non-life threatening injuries. Garcia was pulled over on Highway 151 near Waupun. Witnesses reported she was passing cars both before and after the accident and may have been going as fast as 75 miles per hour.