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Fatal crash charges

Fatal crash charges

KEARNEY, Neb.  — A North Carolina truck driver has been sentenced to a year in jail for the crash death of a 14-year-old girl in Nebraska.

Buffalo County Court records say 39-year-old Drew Davis, of Gastonia, North Carolina, was credited Wednesday at his sentencing hearing for 163 days already served in custody. He’d pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vehicular homicide after prosecutors lowered the charge.

Rachelle Kort of Mitchell, Nebraska, was killed in the June 29, 2017, crash on Interstate 80 near the Odessa exit in south-central Nebraska. Prosecutors say Davis had parked his semitrailer on the south shoulder of I-80 to look up directions. When he tried to merge back into traffic, the truck struck a 2007 sedan in which Kort was riding.

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