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74-year-old Bellevue woman enters plea in motor vehicle homicide case

74-year-old Bellevue woman enters plea in motor vehicle homicide case

A Bellevue woman has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in connection with a September collision that killed a motorcyclist.

Susan Barrett, 74, faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine when she is sentenced in July.

In exchange for the plea, Sarpy County prosecutors dropped an infraction for failure to yield.

Authorities said Barrett, who was driving a Mazda 3 west on Harrison Street, tried to turn left and head south on 132nd Street. She collided with a Honda Shadow motorcycle driven by Nicholas Scarpino-Vestal, 23, who was eastbound on Harrison.

Both had green lights, but Barrett turned in front of Scarpino-Vestal, causing his motorcycle to hit the front of her vehicle.

He was thrown from the motorcycle and later died at a hospital.

Prosecutor Michael Mills said in a statement that he’s glad Barrett took responsibility for the collision.

“This is a tragic reminder of the need for automobile drivers to be on the lookout for the motorcyclists we share the road with,” he said.

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