LINCOLN, NE – A truck driver has pleaded no contest in connection with a fatal crash on Interstate 80 in Lancaster County on September 4, 2021, reports the Lincoln Journal-Star.
This is an update to a previous story.
Investigators said 52-year-old Yorkwind Crawford was driving a semitrailer west on I-80 near the 27th Street interchange when he rear-ended another vehicle, then continued west and hit several other passenger vehicles. A total of eight vehicles were involved in the wreck.
The two people killed in the crash were identified as 41-year-old Creighton University assistant professor Mark Kaipust and his 7-year-old son, both from La Vista. The two were in a pickup truck heading to a college football game at the time.
In court last Wednesday, Crawford entered the no contest plea to misdemeanor vehicular homicide charges. Crawford, a resident of North Miami Beach, Florida, will face up to two years in jail when he is sentenced in April.
Test showed he was not impaired by drugs and alcohol at the time of the accident.
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