KEARNEY, Neb. — A Sargent mother faces prison time after being convicted in the August death of her daughter and a friend.
Amanda Wilder, 29, pleaded no contest in Buffalo County District Court to two counts of felony manslaughter in the one-vehicle crash 2½ miles south of Miller on Highway 183 in northwest Buffalo County. In exchange for her plea, the charges were amended from felony child abuse.
Judge Bill Wright accepted her pleas and ordered a presentence investigation. Sentencing will be in May.
Destani Wilder, 11, and Rebecca Veeder, 24, both of Sargent, died at the scene Aug. 22 after Amanda Wilder lost control of the pickup she was driving and it rolled. A Buffalo County Sheriff's Office accident report said Amanda Wilder, Destani Wilder and Veeder were ejected.
Amanda Wilder and Montannah Wilder, 8, were treated at a hospital and released.
There were not enough seat belts for everyone, and none of the occupants of the pickup was wearing seat belts.
An accident reconstructionist determined that Amanda Wilder was driving at 77 mph in a 60 mph zone when she lost control of the pickup.
— World-Herald News Service