Police believe Hailey Boutin read a text message on her cellphone Sept. 19 moments before running a stop sign about 10 miles south of Cozad and slamming into another vehicle. The impact caused the other vehicle to roll several times, killing a passenger, 59-year-old Mary Robertson. The crash seriously injured Robertson’s husband, 64-year-old Monte Robertson, who was driving.
Boutin faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Her bond was set Wednesday at $1,500. Her preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 16.
The Dawson County public defender did not immediately return a call left late Wednesday afternoon.