Man accused of distracted driving expected to plead guilty in crash that killed pregnant Hudson woman

January 04, 2019 06:10 PM

The driver accused of being on his phone moments before hitting and killing a pregnant mother is expected to plead guilty.

It has been nearly three years since the crash that killed 22-year-old Megan Goeltz of Hudson, Wisconsin. Her family tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS even with this guilty plea, it's hard to call this justice.

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"Every day is difficult," said Tom Goeltz, Megan's father. "We miss her so much."

In February of 2016, on a clear day with dry roads, State Patrol was called to a crash scene in West Lakeland Township in Washington County. Court documents show Megan's car was stopped at the intersection when another driver "distracted by his cell phone" veered off the roadway, continued into a ditch, vaulted through the air and collided into Megan's vehicle. She and her unborn baby died from their injuries. 

"I often think about what went through her mind in the last moments when she was dying on that road," Goeltz said. 


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Drew Fleming, also from Hudson, was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.

"Unfortunately it's just a misdemeanor, which doesn't seem to fit the crime," Goeltz said. "We were hoping for a much better outcome. We were hoping the other driver would be charged with a felony."

But was Fleming on his phone? The state filed a motion to look at the device, hoping it could "provide relevant evidence to the defendant's guilt or innocence."

"Unfortunately they weren't able to get as much information as they wanted to," Goeltz said. 

The Washington County Attorney's Office tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS there was a "lack of evidence" on the iPhone because not all the data was cracked. Still, the prosecution confirms Fleming is expected to plead guilty.

"I hope he learns his lesson," Goeltz said. 

Justice or not, nothing will bring back Megan. But Tom Goeltz is making it his mission to lobby for stricter distracted driver laws. He is also pleading with everyone to make smart decisions behind the wheel.

"There are a lot of families that are hurting because we haven't been successful, and all we're trying to do is save everybody. We're trying to save lives," Goeltz said. 

Fleming's trial was expected to start next week, but 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS confirmed a plea will happen Monday. The maximum sentence for this misdemeanor is one year or a fine of $3,000.

Fleming's attorney didn't return our call for comment. 

 

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