Hit-and-run charges waived to county court

ST. MARYS - A St. Marys man appearing before District Judge Mark Jacob on Tuesday has been waived to court on charges stemming from a July 28 hit-and-run on Washington Street in the City of St. Marys that left the victim, a 21-year-old female, with extensive injuries. For his alleged involvement in the incident, Dean G. Schatz, 41, of East Eschbach Road, St. Marys, is facing felony charges of aggravated assault by a vehicle and accidents involving death or personal injury. Schatz is also facing misdemeanor charges of false report-falsely incriminate another, false reports-reported offenses did not occur, and tampering with/fabricating physical evidence, as well as summary offenses of failure to stop and give information or render aid, and failure to report accident to police. According to police reports, at 3:15 a.m. on July 28, Natasha Schmitz, 21, of St. Marys, was alone outside a residence at 719 Washington St. when she was struck by a vehicle which then fled the scene. A witness, hearing the collision, came outside to see a vehicle speeding away and described it to police as a white pickup truck. At 8:30 a.m. on July 28, Dean Schatz contacted police to inform them that his vehicle, a 2010 white Chevrolet Avalanche, had been stolen overnight.The vehicle was recovered later that day at the Stackpole Complex, displaying damage to the front end and residual matter including blood, hair, and tissue. Forensic examination determined that pieces of the vehicle recovered at the scene of the hit-and-run matched the damaged areas of Schatz's vehicle and that the damage also corresponded with injuries sustained by Schmitz. In addition, a brightly colored pattern observed on the front end of the vehicle was matched to the shirt Schmitz had been wearing at the time of the incident. According to the affidavit, as a result of the hit-and-run Schmitz was left with her pelvis broken in several places and suffered a broken and shattered elbow and broken ribs, received stitches on her head, and also sustained a hole in her leg and kidney and liver damage.