Explanation Offered for Hit & Run Dragging Death

June 10, 2024 2:20p

(WGTD)---The Kenosha man who was struck and dragged a distance by a car had tripped and had fallen in a crosswalk just before he was run over. The scenario--captured by a security camera--would be a mitigating factor in the accident in which the driver claimed she didn't see anyone as she was turning in the dark under street lights. 

Still, 37-year-old Sheila Tennin of Kenosha was charged Monday with homicide by vehicle--use of a controlled substance; hit and run resulting in death and driving without a valid license. Bond was set at $50,000. 

The victim was identified in the criminal complaint as 52-year-old Troy Wohlgefahrt.

According to the complaint, Tennin was turning left onto Sheridan Rd. from 58th St. Tennin said she heard a thump but kept going for a few blocks. When her car's alignment seemed off, Tennin turned into a lot at 63rd St.  Another driver who witnessed the accident also stopped and told her that there may be a body underneath her car. That's when she got out and took a look. The second driver called 911.

An examination of footage from a security camera at Reuther High School--located kitty corner from the accident scene--reportedly shows the victim entering the cross walk on a 'walk' sign, then losing his balance and falling on his stomach. A car that had been stopped on 58th St. then turns and drives over the victim. The car jolts upward upon impact before slowing to a stop in the curb lane, according to the complaint. The driver then continued for another five blocks before pulling over and making the discovery.

The first officers on the scene said the victim--still pinned underneath the car-- did not have a pulse and was not breathing. 

Police allege that Tennin was under the influence of cannabis at the time of the accident. According to the complaint, Tennin admitted to smoking marijuana two days earlier. 

The accident happened Saturday night around 9. 

Tennin said she'd been visiting her boyfriend earlier in the evening and was on the way to a gas station.