A 17-year-old Omahan charged in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian knew she had “hit something” the night of Sept. 7, prosecutors said.
Mikala R. Rinehart is charged with failure to stop and render aid in the death of 64-year-old Frank D. Huerta.
On Tuesday, Rinehart was in court with her parents to waive her right to a preliminary hearing. Her case was sent to Douglas County District Court for trial. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $25,000 or both
Prosecutors said Rinehart was scared and left the crash scene at 42nd and H Streets, prosecutors said.
When her mother noticed damage to the younger Rinehart’s car, Mikala Rinehart said that she “may have hit something,” prosecutors said.
Mikala Rinehart’s mother called police the morning after the crash. Pieces of a broken passenger side fog light at the crash site matched Rinehart’s vehicle, authorities said.