Grand Island Man Accused in DUI Death Waives Prelim, Victim's Family Speaks Out

Donald Webben

A 29–year–old Grand Island man charged in the DUI death of a Lincoln marine last Thanksgiving has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

After several continuances, Donald Webben made an appearance in Howard County Court Wednesday afternoon to face charges in the accident that injured two of his passengers and killed 22-year-old A.J. Sabin Jr. last year.

"My daughter was married a short two and half years to A.J.," Sabin's father-in-law Mark Headrick said. "He'd just come out of the Marines, he'd just finished schooling in Wisconsin, and was planning his next years of life, and all that got changed because of a drunk driver."

Sabin -- one of three passengers in Webben's car early that holiday morning – was killed when Webben crashed near the town of St. Libory, reportedly after a night of drinking at Nightcrawlers bar.

Accident reports show Webben was traveling 70 miles per hour on a gravel road when he lost control, rolling the car 80 feet.

Sabin, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was killed at the scene.

Webben was arrested and charged with felony motor vehicle homicide and DUI.

"My client is obviously deeply distraught over what happened," Webben's attorney, Richard Alexander, said. "It's just a terrible tragedy, and just a terrible accident. He's taking it very hard."

Family members of the victim says this case has been prolonged enough, and they're ready to see justice served.

"We're hearing tales that there's not enough evidence to convict him, which we think is ludicrous," Headrick said.

Wednesday's court appearance was almost five months to the day of Sabin's death.

The case was bound over to Howard County District Court, and Webben will be arraigned on May 6.