SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — A judge has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a truck driver who was charged for his role in a crash that killed a family in western Nebraska.
Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub said that Josef Slezak, 36, appeared in court Thursday. Schaub said Slezak didn’t speak when asked for a plea, so a judge entered a not guilty plea.
Slezak is charged with four counts of manslaughter, four counts of motor vehicle homicide, and one count of motor vehicle homicide of an unborn child.
Authorities say Slezak caused a September crash on Interstate 80, about 40 miles east of the Wyoming border.
The crash killed Christopher Schmidt, his wife Diana Schmidt, and the couple’s two young children. Diana Schmidt was 30 weeks pregnant at the time.