Prosecutors on Monday added a motor-vehicle homicide charge against the woman accused of speeding and swerving to throw her aunt off an SUV last week in central Lincoln.
Kacie Alatoree, 21, is accused of leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury or death and motor vehicle homicide by willful reckless driving, a felony, in the death of Autumn Rodriguez Hernandez.
The 36-year-old Lincoln woman died at a local hospital Sunday. She hit her head on a curb after falling from the SUV at 29th and M streets Nov. 7, Lincoln police have said.
Doctors declared Rodriguez Hernandez brain dead Wednesday, and she died after donating her organs, Lincoln Police Officer Angela Sands said.
Police say Rodriguez Hernandez loaned Alatoree her boyfriend's 1999 Isuzu Rodeo over the summer, and Alatoree kept it for three months. Around 4:45 p.m. Nov. 7, Rodriguez Hernandez saw Alatoree driving and demanded she roll down the window and hand over the keys.
Alatoree refused and began driving off, police said, so Rodriguez Hernandez climbed onto the vehicle.
Alatoree accelerated to 45 mph and swerved left and right until her aunt fell off, suffering a skull fracture, police said.
On Monday, Alatoree appeared in court where prosecutors added the felony charge.
A judge set her bond at $125,000 and has ordered her not to drive if she's released from prison. She would need to post $12,500 bail to get out of jail.
Alatoree's attorney has declined to comment on the allegations but called the incident a "sad situation."
Attempts to reach Rodriguez Hernandez's family have not been successful.