A teenage driver has been charged with motor vehicle homicide in a fatal traffic wreck late last month.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says 15-year-old Carley Benson of Waverly has been charged with motor vehicle homicide, willful reckless driving, no operator’s license, and no seat belts in the accident on August 27th that took the life of 15-year-old Taylon Artman of Eagle.
Artman was one of five passengers in the car driven by Benson.
Wagner stated at the time of the accident, that while Benson had a learner’s permit, no one at least 21-years-old was in the car with her as required by state law.
Wagner stated then that Benson lost control of the car when pavement turned to gravel north of Waverly.
“The driver over-corrected and then lost control, went into the ditch and rolled at least a couple of times,” Wagner told reporters at a briefing.
Benson wore a seat belt. None of her passengers wore seat belts.
The initial investigation indicates Benson lost control of the car when the road changed from pavement to gravel. Wagner said her lack of driving experience played a role.
Artmann died at the scene. Both Benson and 20-year-old Randy Abbott, a passenger, were treated at Bryan West Hospital in Lincoln for injuries sustained in the accident.
The Lancaster County Attorney will determine whether to charge Benson as an adult or as a juvenile.