A manslaughter conviction has been thrown out by the Nebraska Supreme Court, which has ruled that a dump truck driver from Cook cannot be convicted of a felony in a 2012 fatal crash.
Lyle Carmen had been cited for driving too fast and following too closely in the fatal wreck that killed a Kearney woman.
The court ruled that the two minor offenses were appropriate only for a misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide conviction.
Carmen was convicted last December of causing a crash on Interstate 80 near Lincoln which claimed the life of 23-year-old Raven Addy-Cruz and seriously injured her husband and infant daughter on June 7, 2012.
Carmen was previously sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation following his conviction.
Prosecutors say they will not re-file charges, stating the statute of limitations has passed in the case.
By Brent Weithorn, KXPN