Wisconsin woman charged with DUI in fatal crash outside McHenry

  • Alyssa Popp

    Alyssa Popp

Updated 11/22/2021 6:58 PM

Three months after a McHenry County crash that killed an Elmhurst woman, a Wisconsin resident has been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and prescription drugs, court records show.

Alyssa Popp, 31, of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, was charged Thursday with aggravated driving under the influence of drugs where a death resulted, as well as driving under the influence of drugs and improper lane use.


The crash that killed Christina Smith, 56, of Elmhurst took place about 10:20 a.m. Aug. 7 in the 4300 block of Route 31 between Ringwood and McHenry.

An investigation by the McHenry County sheriff's office indicated that Popp was headed north on Route 31, driving a 2021 GMC Acadia, while Smith was driving a 2015 Acura TLX south, according to a news release Monday. Popp's vehicle crossed the centerline of the roadway and collided head-on with the Acura TLX, according to the release.

The crash was "certainly a tragic accident," Popp's attorney, Phil Prossnitz, said Monday. He added it was too early at this point to know whether it was more than "a very, very sad, tragic accident" as he had yet to see any of the investigatory materials.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Popp was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville from Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with serious injuries, according to a news release from the time of the crash.

Popp has been released from the McHenry County jail on bond.

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