Despite online petition, county attorney will charge teen driver in fatal Highway 370 crash - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 7:43 am
Despite online petition, county attorney will charge teen driver in fatal Highway 370 crash

Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said an online petition with more than 1,700 signatures urging him to drop charges against Madeline Shely won't change his decision.

Last week, Polikov filed a motor vehicle homicide petition in juvenile court against Shely, who was the driver in an Oct. 11 accident that killed 15-year-old passenger Nate LaFave.

Shely, 16, also will answer allegations in juvenile court of violating a stop sign and violating her provisional driver's license.

Shely won't face punishment such as jail time but instead could receive help through a range of rehabilitation options, such as counseling or education, Polikov said.

Council Bluffs resident Debra Scoular, who started the online petition, wrote that Shely is a good daughter and friend who made a mistake that killed her friend and injured another.

Both Shely and Carly Anne Kelly, another passenger, sustained critical injuries and have since been released from the hospital.

“Hasn't Maddie suffered enough?” Scoular wrote in the petition offered on change.org.

Polikov said the signatures don't play a role in how he makes decisions because his job is to represent the state, not the victim.

Contact the writer: Emily Nohr

emily.nohr@owh.com    |   402-444-1192    |  

Emily covers Papillion, La Vista, Gretna and Springfield, as well as metro-area roads.

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