Woman sentenced to jail in fatal southeast Nebraska collision between car, horse-drawn buggy


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PAWNEE CITY, Nebraska — A woman whose car collided with an Amish horse-drawn buggy — killing a teenager — has been sentenced to jail time for misdemeanor vehicular homicide.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1wcCBKG ) that 57-year-old Vivian Cockrell, of Pawnee City, was sentenced Friday in Pawnee County District Court to 60 days in jail. She was also ordered to return for a week behind bars on the next three anniversaries of the July 21, 2013 accident.

Prosecutors say Cockrell hit the buggy carrying 21-year-old Fannie Yoder and her 17-year-old brother, Reuben, as they rode to church. Reuben Yoder died, and Fannie Yoder was critically injured.

Cockrell had only a learner's permit to drive, which required her to have another licensed driver in the car with her. But she was driving alone.

Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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