Woodlawn Woman Arrested in Connection with Fatal Hit-and-Run on I-64

DU QUOIN – Illinois State Police have arrested a Woodlawn woman in connection with a fatal hit and run crash that happened on I-64 near Nashville earlier this year.

According to an ISP press release, on January 5, 2018, a Toyota Avalon was traveling eastbound on I-64 in the right lane as a black 2007 Cadillac CTS – driven by 26-year-old Caitlin R. Happach – approached the Toyota from the rear at a high rate of speed.

Happach passed the Toyota on the left and proceeded to merge back into the right lane, striking the Toyota. The impact caused the Toyota to veer off the roadway and crash into a tree.  One of the passengers in the Toyota was killed and another suffered serious injuries. Happach left the scene of the crash.

The ISP conducted an investigation and it was determined that Happach was driving the Cadillac at the time of the crash. On Tuesday, Happach was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail. She posted bond and was released.  

Happach is charged with two counts of failure to report an accident and one count of reckless homicide. All three counts are felony charges.  

ISP says this is an active case and no further information is available.