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Lincoln woman takes plea deal in aunt’s fatal fall from SUV

Lincoln woman takes plea deal in aunt’s fatal fall from SUV

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ An August sentencing is scheduled for a Lincoln woman accused of causing her aunt’s death by swerving to throw her off a vehicle.

Lancaster County District Court records say 22-year-old Kacie Alatoree pleaded no contest Monday to vehicular homicide. In exchange prosecutors dropped a charge of failing to stop and render aid. Her sentencing is set for Aug. 7.

Police say 36-year-old Autumn Rodriguez Hernandez died Nov. 12, days after she climbed onto the SUV Alatoree was driving. Police say Alatoree accelerated and swerved left and right to shake Rodriguez Hernandez off the vehicle, causing the older woman to fall and hit her head on a curb. Police say Alatoree then fled.

Police say Rodriguez Hernandez had lent the SUV to her niece three months earlier.

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