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Girl, 15, to be charged with motor vehicle homicide after rollover accident

Girl, 15, to be charged with motor vehicle homicide after rollover accident

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A 15-year-old driver has been ticketed for motor vehicle homicide and several violations in an accident last month that left an Eagle, Neb., teen dead.

Chief Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon said it will take a week or two for his office to review Carley Benson’s case and make a decision on whether she will be charged as an adult or juvenile.

Benson, of Waverly, Neb., was driving with five passengers on a gravel road near 141st Street and Raymond Road north of Waverly on Aug. 27 when her 2003 Pontiac Grand Am rolled several times, then landed in a ditch.

None of the passengers was using a seat belt, and two teens — Taylon Artman, 15, of Eagle, Neb., and Chevie Engelhart, 14, of Waverly — were ejected from the vehicle.

Taylon died at the scene. The other passengers were treated for varying degrees of injuries.

In addition to motor vehicle homicide, a felony, Benson was ticketed Wednesday on charges of willful reckless driving, driving without an operator’s license and driving without a seat belt.

The county attorney has not determined whether to charge Carley Benson as an adult or juvenile, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said Thursday.

Benson was driving with five passengers on a gravel road near 141st Street and Raymond Road north of Waverly on Aug. 27. Her 2003 Pontiac Grand Am rolled several times before landing in a ditch on its wheels.

None of the passengers wore seat belts and two teens, Taylon Artman, 15, of Eagle, and Chevie Engelhart, 14, of Waverly, were ejected from the vehicle. Artman died at the scene. The other passengers were treated for varying degrees of injuries.

In addition to motor vehicle homicide, a felony, the sheriff's office ticketed Benson on Wednesday for willful reckless driving, driving without an operator's license and driving without wearing seat belts.

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