HARTINGTON, Neb. — A Yankton man will receive an August preliminary hearing in the ATV death of a Yankton woman in northeast Nebraska.
Derrik John Nelson, 26, appeared Monday in Cedar County District Court. He faces seven charges, including motor vehicle homicide, in the June 2017 death of 21-year-old Jessi Anderson.
The fatal accident allegedly occurred near Fordyce in Cedar County, Nebraska. Anderson was attending South Dakota State University at the time of her death.
Nelson allegedly was driving the ATV with Anderson as a passenger when the vehicle crashed at an intersection. Anderson was thrown from the vehicle.
He is charged with allegedly removing the ATV from the crash scene and not offering assistance to Anderson, who allegedly died at the scene.
At Monday’s hearing, Nelson requested a preliminary hearing to determine if probable cause exists on the seven charges, according District Court Clerk Janet Wiechelman.
Nelson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 8 in Cedar County Court. Judge Douglas Luebe will preside at the preliminary hearing in the Cedar County Courthouse in Hartington. If probable cause is found, Nelson will return to district court for a trial on the applicable charges.
Nelson’s felony counts include alternate Class 2A/3A charges for motor vehicle homicide. He faces up to 25 years imprisonment depending on the conviction.
In addition, Nelson’s 64-year-old father, J. Douglas Nelson, appeared Monday in Cedar County District Court. Doug Nelson pleaded not guilty to a Class I misdemeanor charge of being an accessory to a Class IV felony.
The elder Nelson is charged with dismantling the damaged ATV after the crash. The charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Doug Nelson’s pre-trial conference was set for 9 a.m. July 23. He will appear before District Judge Paul Vaughan in Cedar County District Court in Hartington.
The Nelsons appeared in court last month and received a continuance until Monday’s appearances.
Both Nelsons remain free on bond. Derrick Nelson posted bond of $100,000/10 percent, while Doug Nelson posted bond of $10,000/10 percent. They must also follow conditions, according to court documents.
Doug Nelson is represented by Norfolk attorney Ted Lohrberg, and Derrick Nelson is represented by Norfolk attorney Doug Stratton.
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