A woman from Kearney is facing felony motor vehicle homicide charges for her role in a collision that killed three and injured herself and one other passenger. The crash, which took place in October 2018, occurred when the woman ran a stop sign and hit an eastbound vehicle on Highway 30 and Road 447 near Overton.
The 20-year-old woman was driving several people in her vehicle who were killed. The deceased include an 18-year-old woman and two mean age 20 and 27. The driver and an 18-year-old passenger were injured and taken to the hospital. While the other driver remained at the scene and wasn't hospitalized, it wasn't clear if she suffered injuries.
What is known is that the driver is being accused of a single count of causing serious injuries while being under the influence, a misdemeanor for driving under the influence (first offense) and three counts for felony motor vehicle homicide while under the influence.
Drivers who cause this kind of carnage can expect to face serious penalties. She could face wrongful-death lawsuits, criminal charges and claims for compensation from injured parties. If she is convicted of all felony counts, she faces up to 63 years in prison.
Drivers should know better than to get behind the wheel while intoxicated by any substance. If you are a victim of a collision like this, whether it's another vehicle's driver or the person driving the vehicle you're riding in, you can make a claim against them. You should not have to cover the expenses related to your injuries, as it's only fair that the person who caused the crash takes care of those losses.