Shelton woman sentenced in Hastings fatal crash

Grand Island man killed last summer in drunk driving accident.
A Shelton woman convicted of motor vehicle homicide was ordered to talk to schools about the...
A Shelton woman convicted of motor vehicle homicide was ordered to talk to schools about the effects of alcohol abuse.(WEAU)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 1:11 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A Shelton woman will go to jail for a crash that killed a Grand Island man at a Hastings park.

Ashley Woitaszewski, 29, was convicted in March of felony motor vehicle homicide-reckless/willful reckless driving An Adams County judge Monday sentenced Woitaszewski to 90 days in jail and four years probation on that conviction. She was also convicted of first offense driving under the influence for which she was sentenced to 60 days in jail and one year on probation. The sentences for both convictions will be served concurrently or at the same time. Her drivers license is also suspended for six months.

District Court Judge Stephen Illingworth also ordered Woitaszewski to present a talk in front of schools on alcohol and the effects it may have on student’s lives.

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

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.

One of the passengers in the pickup, Derek Lindstrom, 37, Grand Island, died at Mary Lanning Hospital from injuries suffered in the crash.

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.

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