Madeline Shely, the driver in the October accident that killed 15-year-old Nate LaFave, pleaded no contest Friday to charges of motor vehicle homicide and violating a stop sign.
A third charge, violating a provisional operator's permit, was dismissed from the case in Sarpy County juvenile court.
In the Oct. 11 accident, Shely, 16, 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 Nebraska Highway 370 intersection.
LaFave was a sophomore at Mount Michael Benedictine High School.
Shely and Kelly, who are sophomores at Marian High School, suffered critical injuries and spent time recovering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said the plea means Shely will avoid having a trial but still will be held accountable for her actions.
“She's accepting responsibility and accountability,” he said.
As part of the plea, Shely will be subject to random testing and participate in victim/offender mediation with her parents and LaFave's parents, according to court documents.
Her disposition hearing, similar to a sentencing, is scheduled for Feb. 28.