Man convicted in 2013 crash that killed Ogallala woman
A 48-year-old man has been convicted of motor vehicular homicide in connection with a crash that killed an Ogallala woman in December 2013.
According to a press release from the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, Garden County District Court jury found Edward Hood, 48, guilty on charges of motor vehicle homicide-prior DUI, a Class II felony; count II manslaughter, a Class 3 felony; and Count III driving under the influence of alcohol, causing serious bodily injury, a Class 3A felony.
On Dec. 7, 2013, Hood was driving from Sheridan, Wyoming, when he lost control of his vehicle five miles west of Oshkosh in Garden County, and crossed the center line striking a west bound vehicle, driven by Terry Hofer, of Ogallala. Hofer died as the result of the accident and her passenger, Claudia Weinbender, suffered life-threatening injuries.
At the time of the accident, Hood was driving under the influence of alcohol. Hood had a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court on a DUI charge in Florida when the accident occurred. An open container of alcohol was found in his vehicle by law enforcement officers.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 5 in Garden County District Court.