Neb. Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Buggy Crash

Posted 5 months ago

By Associated Press

amish-buggy(AP) — A Nebraska woman has pleaded guilty to two charges related to a July accident that killed an Amish teenager.

56-year-old Vivian Cockrell entered her pleas Monday and a judge scheduled a Feb. 10 trial.

Cockrell is charged with felony motor vehicle homicide and misdemeanor misuse of a learner’s permit.

Prosecutors say Cockrell was driving a Cadillac that struck a horse-drawn buggy carrying 21-year-old Fannie Yoder and her 17-year-old brother Reuben.

The two were on their way to church at the time of the accident. Reuben Yoder died and Fannie Yoder was critically hurt.

Cockrell was driving on a learner’s permit when the July 21 crash happened on Nebraska Highway 8/50 east of Pawnee City.