Update: Ohiowa Man Facing Charges After Fatal Crash

An Ohiowa man is facing charges after deputies say he caused a fatal crash.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested 40-year-old Steven Cordis for misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide, driving during suspension and violating stop sign.

The crash happened at about 3:30 p.m. March 12, just one mile north of Plymouth, on 578 avenue.

According to deputies, a 1996 Buick Lesabre, driven by 40-year-old Steven Cordis of Ohiowa, did not stop at the stop sign and failed to yield the right of way to a 2008 Dodge Avenger, driven by 60-year-old Mary Pearson of Dewitt.

Deputies say Pearson could not avoid Cordis and struck his car in the passenger side. They say Cordis spun around in the road way and entered the southwest corner of the intersection, and left side of the vehicle collided with a power pole.

Meanwhile, Pearson spun around in the road way and came to a stop in the road facing north northeast. Pearson was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Cordis was checked at the scene by EMS personnel and refused treatment and left the scene under his own power.

Deputies say 39-year-old Francisca Campbell, of Lincoln, a passenger in Cordis's car, was air lifted to a Lincoln Hospital with life threatening injuries. Deputies say she died at Bryan West Campus at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies say air bags deployed in both vehicles, but restraints were not in use in either vehicle.

Cordis posted 10 percent of $10,000.00 and was released from custody. He is scheduled for a first appearance in Jefferson County Court on March 26


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