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Update: Holland woman charged in October hit-and-run accident

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Jennifer Moeller Jennifer Moeller
Joan Nicholson Joan Nicholson

A Holland woman turned herself in Thursday morning and is now charged in an October motorcycle accident that left a Waterloo woman missing part of her leg.

Jennifer Moeller, 21, turned herself in to the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office just before 8:00 a.m. She is charged with serious injury by motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, texting while driving and driving left of center.

According to the Black Hawk County Attorney's Office, this all occurred after Moeller had been drinking. No charges have been filed for operating while intoxicated.

The accident happened on Oct. 8, on Highway 57 near North Butler Road outside Cedar Falls.

Joan Nicholson, 47, was riding her motorcycle when deputies say Moeller's vehicle crossed the center line.

Authorities say Moeller left the area and Nicholson was found laying in the ditch by a friend.

Moeller made her initial court appearance on Thursday morning.

Joan Nicholson has gotten a lot of support since the accident. Her scars are still there and her wheelchair is always nearby. As for the woman who caused all of this, Nicholson says she doesn't hate her.

"It's just another life that's ruined. I mean mine, my family's, my friends, everybody's lives have changed. her life's going to change," said Nicholson.

The Iowa State Patrol was in charge of investigating this accident. They received numerous tips, but had to wait until the investigation was complete before making an arrest.

"We actually became aware Ms. Moeller was involved in the accident reasonably quick after the accident happened, but obviously we don't put anything out to anybody until we've completed the investigation," said Lieutenant Rick Klein.

The arrest has brought some closure to Nicholson, but her recovery is far from over.

"It doesn't change what I've been through. It doesn't change what I still have to do. Yeah, it's nice to know someone is going to take care of their responsibilities and be accountable for their actions, but it's really not going to change me much," said Nicholson.

Nicholson says is looking forward to getting a prosthetic and no longer having to use a wheelchair. She hopes to have one before the end of the year.

As for Moeller we contacted her attorney, Jim Metcalf, for a comment, but we have yet to hear back.

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