A woman accused of fleeing the scene of a crash that killed a motorcyclist on state Highway 17 south of Los Gatos in December is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Joline Faye Cohen, 47, is charged with one felony count of hit-and-run causing injury or death for allegedly driving away from the scene of the Dec. 12 crash, which happened on Highway 17 near Idylwild Road, between Los Gatos and the Santa Cruz County border, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Lisa McCrary said.
The victim, 36-year-old Michael Schaupp, was riding his 1996 Honda motorcycle north on the highway at about 1:25 a.m. when Cohen pulled onto the highway in her 1994 Ford Explorer, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Ford went directly into Schaupp’s path, causing a collision that ejected him from the bike and launched him about 20 feet, CHP officials said. He later died at a hospital.
Cohen allegedly drove off but quickly abandoned her car, which was found about five minutes later on the Bear Creek Road off-ramp, according to the CHP. After an investigation that lasted more than two months, an arrest warrant was issued for Cohen on Feb. 24, and she turned herself in to authorities, according to the CHP. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to have played a role in the crash, CHP investigators said.
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