New arrest warrant issued for Antioch Township woman accused in fatal crash

  • Leena Ultsch, 34, of Antioch Township, has tested positive for cocaine while free on bond in a fatal crash, authorities said Tuesday.

    Leena Ultsch, 34, of Antioch Township, has tested positive for cocaine while free on bond in a fatal crash, authorities said Tuesday.

 
 
Updated 3/30/2016 1:11 PM

A new arrest warrant has been issued for an Antioch Township woman previously charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of an Antioch motorcyclist.

The $150,000 bench warrant was issued Wednesday against Leena A. Ultsch, 34, of the 26400 block of West Grapevine Avenue, after she tested positive for cocaine while she was free on bond from Lake County jail, Assistant State's Attorney Dan Brown said in court.

 

Ultsch was due to appear in front of Judge George Strickland Wednesday regarding the positive test. Defense attorney Greg Nikitas said Ultsch missed the hearing because she was home with a sick child.

Strickland issued the bench warrant, saying "she better get somebody to take care of her kids."

Ultsch faces multiple charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated DUI resulting in death and failure to report an accident resulting in death for her role in a crash on Route 173 about 4 a.m. Aug. 26.

Lake County Sheriff's officers initially said Gregory Boyes, 50, lost control of his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle while driving west near North Linden Lane. Hours later, investigators processing the crash site determined another vehicle had been involved, but had left the scene.

About 9:45 a.m., Ultsch called the sheriff's office and admitted she had collided with the motorcycle and left the scene without contacting authorities. She told police Boyes drifted into her lane as they passed each other, and she left the scene because she was scared, officials said.

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Ultsch also admitted she consumed two or three glasses of wine two to three hours before the crash, authorities said.

While free on bond for the crash, Ultsch was charged by Lake County officials with identity theft. Authorities said she took $100 from a financial account she was not granted access to.

Ultsch was ordered held in jail, and her bail was increased to $60,000, authorities said. She posted the required 10 percent of that amount and was released.

Court records show Ultsch was charged with DUI in 2004 and again in 2005. She received supervision on the 2004 DUI, records show, and spent six days in Lake County jail and one year of parole after pleading guilty to the second DUI charge.

Her next court date is unknown.

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