Driver in crash with teacher could be deported
ELKHORN A Lake Geneva man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of reckless driving in connection with a traffic crash that seriously injured a Lake Geneva teacher. The plea could get him deported.
Jose A. Rodriguez Soto, who speaks Spanish but little English, appeared in Walworth County Court with his attorney and a translator at a plea hearing Wednesday before Judge John Race.
Rodriguez, 30, pleaded guilty to causing great bodily harm by reckless driving and causing injury by driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Race said sentencing could involve deportation.
Rodriguez was driving at high speed Jan. 7 when his vehicle struck the vehicle of Carol A. Nocek, a fifth-grade teacher at Central-Dennison Elementary School in Lake Geneva, according to the criminal complaint.
Nocek had to be extricated from her vehicle. She suffered a fractured pelvis and hips and bruised intestines. She spent more than two months in a hospital and had multiple surgeries.
Rodriguez, who did not have a valid license, was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the criminal complaint.
Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 4.