Driver is charged in crash that killed four motorcyclists near Lake McConaughy

A driver who was in the midst of a roughly 15-hour overnight trip has been charged in the deaths of four motorcyclists near Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska.

Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez of Liberal, Kansas, is charged with four felony counts of motor vehicle homicide, reckless driving and failure to stay in his lane in the July 1 crash on Nebraska Highway 26 in Keith County.

The crash killed four people on two motorcycles: Sheila Matheny, 54, and James Matheny, 61, of Bedford, Iowa; and Michal Weese, 58, and Jerolyn Weese, 59, of Council Bluffs. James Matheny and Jerolyn Weese were siblings.

Cisneros-Hernandez was flown by medical helicopter to Greeley, Colorado, for treatment of his injuries.

The preliminary investigation showed that the 2002 Ford Escape that Cisneros-Hernandez was driving was eastbound and crossed the center line, striking the westbound motorcycles, according to court documents.

Cisneros-Hernandez, 22, has said he had about an hour of sleep between the end of his work shift in Sidney, Montana, and starting the drive home to Liberal, in far southwest Kansas, the documents state. The crash occurred just after 9:30 a.m.

That drive, had he completed it, would have been about 900 miles on mostly two-lane highways and would have taken about 15 hours, according to Google maps. Sidney is in eastern Montana, about 100 miles from the Canadian border; Liberal is next to Oklahoma.

Cisneros-Hernandez remains incarcerated at the Keith County Jail. He declined to speak to a reporter Thursday evening.

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