Police were investigating the cellphone history of a 17-year-old Omahan charged in connection with a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run.
Mikala R. Rinehart is charged with failure to stop and render aid in the death of 64-year-old Frank D. Huerta.
A search warrant was filed Sept. 10 for Rinehart's cellphone.
According to the warrant, police were interested in whether Rinehart was on the phone while driving and whether she sent any incriminating text messages.
Rinehart is accused of striking Huerta with her car near 42nd and H Streets about 10:45 p.m. Sept. 7.
Prosecutors said Rinehart was scared and left the crash scene.
Rinehart's mother noticed damage to the vehicle and called police the morning after the crash.
Prosecutor's said Rinehart told her mother that she “may have hit something.”
Pieces of a broken passenger-side fog light at the crash site matched Rinehart's vehicle, authorities said.
Huerta was found that night by a passer-by and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. — Sam Womack