Friday sentencings

WEST POINT — A Wisner man pleaded no contest Wednesday morning in relation to an incident that caused the death of a teacher in a traffic accident last September in Cuming County.

Twenty-year-old Alexander Ausdemore entered the plea after being charged with motor vehicle homicide (negligence) in the Sept. 11, 2018, accident that killed 28-year-old Rachael Kucera of Stanton. She was a Title 1 teacher at Wisner-Pilger, according to a Cuming County Court spokeswoman.

According to the accident report, the accident occurred at about 7:50 a.m. as a semi-trailer truck was turning north into a farm drive at the intersection of Highway 275 and Road 5, west of Wisner and near a bridge on the highway.

The turning of the truck — which was not actually involved in the accident — led to a rear-end collision and a subsequent ricochet collision involving three vehicles, two of which were heading west and the other toward the east.

As a result of the collisions, Kucera was transported by Wisner Rescue Squad to St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point where she later died.

Ausdemore, who was 19 at the time of the accident, entered the no contest plea Wednesday morning that was accepted by Cuming County Court Judge Michael Long. A no contest plea means the defendant does not admit guilt but accepts conviction.

Ausdemore apparently did not see the turning truck and ran into the back of another vehicle, starting the ricochet collision.

Sentencing has been set for Wednesday, April 10, at 11 a.m. The sentence for a Class I misdemeanor is up to one year in jail and a fine up to $1,000.

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