Nov 23, 2019 4:41 PM

Crete man pleads no contest to vehicular homicide charge

Posted Nov 23, 2019 4:41 PM

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A Crete man has pleaded no contest to motor vehicle homicide and careless driving for causing a July crash involving a tractor that killed an Odell man.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 38-year-old Troy Smith entered the plea Friday in Gage County Court in Beatrice. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The Nebraska State Patrol says Smith rear-ended the tractor on U.S. 77 north of Beatrice shortly before 8 p.m. July 1, killing its driver, 82-year-old Robert Snyder Sr.

Investigators say the tractor was traveling with its hazard lights blinking and a slow traffic sign visible when the crash occurred.