Semi Driver Charged in Deaths of 3 Hastings Family Members

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The semi driver accused of missing a stop sign and killing a Hastings husband, wife and daughter last week appeared in court for this first time Tuesday morning.

In Clay County Court, 52 year old Kenneth Johnson, of Eagle, was officially charged with three counts of manslaughter. Each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The judge also kept Johnson's bond at 10 percent of $100,000.

Clay County Attorney Ted Greiss says if toxicology results show Johnson was intoxicated, he will pursue more charges.

Johnson had only been driving trucks for three months before the fatal accident.

Officials say Johnson failed to stop at the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 6 last Thursday.

Johnson's truck slammed into an SUV carrying a Hastings family.

The sole survivor of that SUV is Justin Isom. He remains in serious condition at the Bryan West Trauma Unit in Lincoln.

Killed in the accident were 53-year-old Gary Isom, 52-year-old Susan Isom and 26-year-old Tiffany Isom.

A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. at North Shore Assembly of God Church in Hastings.