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Man pleads no contest in crash that killed truck driver

April 15, 2021 GMT

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) — An 18-year-old man pleaded no contest Thursday in a crash that killed a concrete truck driver, who prosecutors hailed as a hero.

Garrett Bragg, of Murdock, entered the plea in Sarpy County Court to misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in the Oct. 7, 2020, crash on Nebraska Highway 370. The crash killed Gregory Brennan, 50, of Omaha.

Prosecutors said Bragg tried to turn left from westbound Highway 370 while Brennan was driving east through the same intersection. Bragg had a flashing yellow light, while Brennan had a green light.

Brennan swerved to avoid a collision and clipped the back of Bragg’s car. The concrete truck overturned, killing Brennan.

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Deputy Sarpy County Attorney Michael Mills said Brennan’s evasive actions avoided a more direct collision, which likely saved Bragg’s life.

What Brennan did was “heroic,” Mills said.

Bragg will be sentenced June 17. He faces a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine.