Supporters in court as Marian student enters plea in fatal 370 crash - Omaha.com
Published Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm / Updated at 1:22 pm
Supporters in court as Marian student enters plea in fatal 370 crash

The teenage driver in the crash that killed 15-year-old Nate LaFave entered a plea of denial, which is the equivalent of pleading not guilty, in court on Monday.

Madeline Shely, 16, must answer allegations of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide, a stop sign violation and a provisional driver's license violation in Sarpy County juvenile court.

In the Oct. 11 accident, driver Shely and passengers LaFave and Carly Anne Kelly were traveling south on 180th Street toward Vala's Pumpkin Patch when their Jeep Cherokee collided with an eastbound pickup truck at the Highway 370 intersection.

LaFave, a sophomore at Mount Michael Benedictine High School, died as a result of the collision.

Both Shely and Kelly, who are sophomores at Marian High School, suffered critical injuries and spent time recovering at Lincoln's Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. They have since been released.

At Monday's hearing, Kelly was among a group who attended in support of Shely.

Following the accident, Shely's parents Scott and Tifany Shely said the accident was “an instance of an inexperienced driver trying to negotiate an intersection near rush hour” and that the crash was simply an accident.

Last month, the Nebraska Department of Roads said a traffic signal will be installed at 180th Street and Highway 370, where the crash happened.

While a recent traffic study didn't conclude that a signal was warranted, it was close to meeting the criteria, and the signal is scheduled for installation during the Roads Department's 2015 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2014.

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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