March trial set for Hastings motor vehicle homicide case

Shelton woman charged with felony for fatal crash in Hastings Heartwell Park
Shelton woman charged with felony for fatal crash in Hastings Heartwell Park(WCAX)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 5:59 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A Shelton woman is awaiting trial in March, eight months after a crash that killed a Grand Island man at a Hastings park.

The accident happened Aug. 6, 2020, involving a pickup that was airborne until it crashed into Heartwell Creek.

Ashley Woitaszewski, 28, has pleaded not guilty to felony motor vehicle homicide. A five day jury trial is scheduled to start March 22.

Court records indicate Woitaszewski was the driver of a north-bound Ford F-350 pickup traveling at a high rate of speed on Cedar street south of Heartwell Park in the early morning of Aug. 6. Investigators estimate the vehicle was travelling 60 mph prior to the crash. When the pickup came to the south end of Heartwell Park, investigators believe it went airborne for about 48 feet before hitting the ground. The pickup stopped on top of the north embankment of Heartwell Creek.

Court records indicate that Woitaszewski’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.12, which is four points above the legal intoxication limit of .08.

The max penalty for a conviction on Motor Vehicle Homicide is 20 years in prison.

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