News: Woman sentenced to prison for fatal hit-and-run in Lake County


LAKE COUNTY, FL – A woman who was charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident in Lake County has been sentenced to prison, the Villages-News reports.

Authorities said 32-year-old Tara Rene Schiessle of Lady Lake was the driver involved in the Sept 11, 2022 crash on Rolling Acres Road. The Florida Highway Patrol said Schiessle was driving a Jeep Cherokee Sport when she struck and killed a pedestrian, 40-year-old Jamie Weinz. Weinz’s male companion was also hit and seriously injured.  Schiessle allegedly stopped briefly, then kept going after hitting the two victims.

According to investigators, Schiessle initially reported she had struck a deer.  But the vehicle sought in the accident was linked to Schiessle after being tracked down to her apartment complex.

On Monday, she pleaded no contest to charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injury. Schiessle was sentenced to three years in state prison to be followed by three years of probation.  Under the plea arrangement, the prosecutor’s office waived a four-year minimum mandatory sentence.

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