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(Neb)-Plea Deal In Fatal Traffic Accident In Mitchell

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/01/2017 11:47 PM
MITCHELL, Neb. (AP) -  A young Mitchell man has pleaded No Contest to Motor Vehicle Homicide in a fatal crash on the edge of Mitchell last August. 24-year-old Joshua Bolzer faces up to 3 years in prison when he's sentenced Oct 20th.

    Bolzer was scheduled for a 3-day trial beginning next Tuesday, but accepted a plea bargain that dropped charges of reckless and drunk driving in return for the guilty plea in the death of 19-year-old Dereon Betancur.

     Police investigators said data from Bolzer's pickup showed it had reached a speed of 120 mph moments before hitting first a liquor store, then a utility pole, and finally a tractor. Wreckage was scattered across a half-block area with the engine resting in the street.

     Bentancur, one of Bolzer's 3 passengers, died at the scene while the other two, both 19-year olds from Mitchell were hospitalized. All had been ejected from the pickup.


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