Jan 03, 2020 3:20 PM

Man takes plea deal in central Nebraska crash deaths of 3

Posted Jan 03, 2020 3:20 PM

A Feb. 3 sentencing has been scheduled for a man who took a plea deal in three central Nebraska crash deaths.

Jessie Scarlett, of Central City, pleaded no contest last month to vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide involving an unborn child.

Court records say prosecutors dropped other charges in exchange.

The July 10 collision occurred at an intersection north of St. Libory.

Authorities say Scarlett's eastbound pickup didn't halt at a stop sign and rammed into a northbound pickup. The crash killed a man, a woman and her unborn child in the northbound truck and a 19-year-old woman in Scarlett's truck.

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Man dies after vehicle crashes off Nebraska highway

Authorities say a driver died after his vehicle crashed off a state highway in northeast Nebraska.

The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. Thursday along Nebraska Highway 35, about 4 miles east of Wayne.

Authorities say the vehicle went out of control and ran off the roadway into a ditch before rolling.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff's office identified him as Richard Leikhus, who lived in rural Wakefield.

The crash is being investigated.