A 20-year-old waitress will plead not guilty to serving alcohol to two minors shortly before they were in a fatal drunken driving crash, her lawyer said Thursday.
Amanda Heiman of Fremont is charged with one felony count of procuring alcohol for a minor. A judge set her bail at $10,000. Heiman posted 10 percent of that amount and was released from the Douglas County Jail.
Her parents declined to comment after Thursday's hearing. Her lawyer, Michael Tasset, called his client “a nice kid.”
Prosecutors say Heiman served alcohol to Jacob Dickmeyer, 18, and Colby Burke, 19, both of Valley, in the hours before the Dec. 3 crash on West Dodge Road.
Dickmeyer died at the scene. Burke suffered a broken pelvis and head injuries.
According to their tab at the Fire Barn Bar & Grill in Waterloo, the teenagers drank two pitchers of beer, four “Jägerbomb” shots and two Long Island iced teas.
Heiman, who was their friend, served them the drinks, prosecutors allege. They say she also gave the men the keys to her 2004 Saturn Ion, which they crashed after leaving the bar.
Dickmeyer's blood-alcohol content was .24, according to autopsy results. The legal limit for driving for anyone over 21 is .08.
“Our heart goes out to the Dickmeyer family,” said Fire Barn co-owner Travis Harlow. “We are doing everything we can to cooperate with this investigation.”
Surveillance video indicates that several off-duty Fremont police officers were at the Fire Barn that night. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said there didn't appear to be any criminal wrongdoing on their part.
Fremont Police Chief Jeff Elliott said his department is conducting its own investigation.
Staff writer Todd Cooper contributed to this report.
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