Not guilty plea entered in crash injury incident
Jose A. Rodriguez Soto, 29, appeared with his attorney before Walworth County Judge John Race and reserved his right to demand a speedy trial. His case was continued until March 9 for a status conference.
Rodriguez Soto is charged with reckless driving causing great bodily harm, operating without a valid driver's license causing great bodily harm, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in custody in the Walworth County Jail on a $3,000 cash bond and an immigration hold.
The crash took place at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Dodge Street in Lake Geneva. According to the criminal complaint, a vehicle driven by Rodriguez Soto struck the vehicle operated by Carol A. Nocek, a fifth-grade teacher at Central-Denison Elementary School in Lake Geneva.
The complaint indicated Rodriguez Soto's vehicle was traveling between 40 and 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.
Nocek suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured hip and bruised intestines in the Jan. 7 crash. She was taken to Lakeland Medical Center and later flown by Flight for Life to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Wauwatosa.