I-80 Deaths

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 34-year-old Missouri truck driver pleads no contest to two counts of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in the deaths of a Nebraska brother and sister in June 2002.

Dewayne Dunlap of Thayer, Missouri, originally was charged with two counts of felony manslaughter in the deaths of 21 year old Ali Handley and her 17 year old brother, Sean Handley, both of Ogallala. He entered his pleas Tuesday in Hall County District Court.

The accident occurred on I-80 near Grand Island on June 30, 2002. Dunlap was accused of driving at an unreasonable speed without properly functioning breaks when his truck hit the Handleys' car.

The amended counts charge Dunlap with unintentionally causing the Handleys' death while carelessly driving his semi in violation of Nebraska laws.

Sentencing was set for March 1. Dunlap faces up to a year in prison and $1,000 fine for each conviction.

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