Man convicted of motor vehicle homicide in death of pedestrian on I-80


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    State prosecutors will recommend probation for a man convicted of fatally hitting a pedestrian with his vehicle on Interstate 80.

    Court documents say Victor Genetti, 29, of Sugar Creek, Mo., pleaded no contest to motor vehicle homicide in the death of a 26-year-old North Carolina woman.

    In exchange for his plea, the state will ask the judge to sentence him to 24 months of probation that will be transferred back to his home state.

    Officers with the Nebraska State Patrol said the crash occurred just after 1 a.m. at mile marker 321 on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes back on March 1. Prior to the crash, a vehicle had hit a deer and became disabled on the shoulder of I-80. Shortly thereafter, a tow-truck was on the scene and in the process of preparing the vehicle to be towed.

    During that process, a passenger of the disabled vehicle, India Marie Simpson, of Waxhaw, N.C., was walking from her vehicle to the tow-truck. Police said a semi then entered the shoulder and struck Simpson. After arriving at the scene, troopers performed CPR, but were unable to revive Simpson.

    The driver of the tow-truck and the driver of Simpson’s vehicle were not injured.

    Genetti is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Feb. 5.

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