Cement truck driver back in court to face motor vehicle homicide charges

Cement truck driver back in court to face motor vehicle homicide charges
Austin Holloway

Jury selection began Tuesday in Sarpy County for the trial of a cement truck driver charged with misdemeanor motor-vehicle homicide in connection with a crash that killed two men.

Austin M. Holloway, 21, has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide. Holloway was turning from Giles Road onto 120th Street on Oct. 25, 2017, when the truck tipped and landed on a northbound car that was stopped at a traffic light.

Michael Dearden, the driver of the car, and passenger Phillip Hertel, both 23, were killed. Holloway is free on a $10,000 signature bond.

In March, Sarpy County Judge Todd J. Hutton said he could find no evidence of reckless driving on the part of Holloway, who had been charged with two counts of felony motor vehicle homicide due to reckless driving.

The judge noted that when the crash occurred, there was evidence the truck had a full load and was overweight. GPS from the truck showed that earlier that day, Holloway had made the same turn at 120th without incident.

If convicted, Holloway faces up to one year in jail on each charge. The trial is expected to last four days.

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