Jan 10, 2020 5:37 PM

Driver pleads guilty to accident that killed 10-year-old

Posted Jan 10, 2020 5:37 PM

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - A driver accused of running into and killing a 10-year-old girl who was in a suburban Omaha crosswalk pleaded guilty Friday.

Masey Lawrence, 19, entered the plea in a Papillion courtroom to a charge of misdemeanor vehicular homicide. In return, prosecutors dropped charges of speeding and failing to yield to a pedestrian. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 3.

Lawrence struck Abby Whitford on Aug. 20 in downtown Papillion as Abby and her 6-year-old brother Ben headed across a street for a nearby library, authorities said. He was not injured. She died two days later.

Police said Lawrence, also a Papillion resident, remained at the scene after the accident.

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Mountain lion reported near Omaha suburb of Gretna

GRETNA, Neb. (AP) - Authorities in an Omaha suburb said Friday they're adding an extra patrol near the community because of mountain lion sighting.

The Thursday morning report near Gretna has been deemed valid, the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office said, urging people to call the sheriff's office if the big cat is spotted again.

Authorities have notified with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Mountain lions have been spotted before in the Omaha metropolitan area. In May 2015 police shot and killed one in southwest Omaha. In October 2003 a mountain lion was captured near a busy intersection in western Omaha.