Danville woman sentenced to 14 years for deadly hit-and-run

DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A Danville woman will spend the next 14 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to killing her boyfriend in a hit-and-run crash.

Jaqueline Lacy, the Vermilion County State’s Attorney, said Lou Ann St. Onge pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder. She was sentenced to over a decade in prison shortly after.

St. Onge is said to have made a full confession, corroborated by witnesses, to killing her boyfriend Michael Woestman on July 16, 2023. Evidence presented in court showed the two were at a bar located at Bowman Avenue and Griggs Street when they got into a fight and left. Woestman was on foot and St. Onge was in a car. Their argument continued and when Woestman refused to get in her car, “something snapped” in her mind.

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St. Onge intentionally drover her car into Woestman, killing him, and then left the scene. She was later taken into custody in the area of Martin and Normal Streets.

Lacy thanked the Danville Police Department for their thorough investigation into the murder, as well as civilians who witnessed it and came forward to provide tips in the case.

“The integrity of the cases prosecuted by my office is largely dependent on witnesses who are willing to come forward and tell the truth,” Lacy said.

Once released from prison, St. Onge will have to spend a one-year period of mandatory parole.

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