Inmate Involved in June Fatal Crash Charged With Manslaughter


A Nebraska prisoninmate who was driving a state van during a fatal crash last month has beencharged with manslaughter.

Lancaster CountyAttorney Joe Kelly said Wednesday that 35-year-old Jeremy Dobbe had been chargedin the June 25 crash that killed 47-year-old Joyce Meeks.

Tests showed Dobbewasn't on alcohol or drugs when the accident happened, but witnesses said hewas speeding and swerving.

Dobbe is currently inprison for methamphetamine possession, and he as an extensive record, but hewas allowed to drive other inmates to work-release assignments.

The NebraskaDepartment of Correctional Services ended the longstanding prison-driverprogram after the crash.

Dobbe is scheduled tomake his initial court appearance on Aug. 1.

Meeks' family hasalready announced plans to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against the state.

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