Truck driver takes plea deal in Lancaster County crash death
Jul. 26, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Garland man charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide has taken a plea deal in Lancaster County.
Court records say 68-year-old Gary Jacobsen pleaded no contest Tuesday in a Lincoln courtroom. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in exchange for Jacobsen's plea. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Prosecutors say Jacobsen was driving a truck, headed west with a load of rock on Dec. 6, when he pulled across U.S. Highway 77 just north of Lincoln and struck a southbound semitrailer. The semi rolled onto its side and erupted into flames.
Authorities say the semi's driver, 21-year-old Brandon Gerdes, died at the scene. He lived in Osmond.