Plea: No contest in fatal pedestrian hit-and-run

2012-11-28T16:45:00Z 2013-02-28T16:27:05Z Plea: No contest in fatal pedestrian hit-and-runBy LORI PILGER / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Kinley Queen, the 26-year-old Lincoln woman who hit a pedestrian trying to cross the street one night in March, was set for a bench trial Wednesday.

Instead, she entered a plea.

Queen, teary-eyed, answered no contest when Lancaster County District Judge Robert Otte asked how she wished to plead to leaving the scene of the accident that resulted in William Springer's death.

The judge could give her as many as 20 years in prison and revoke her driver's license for as many as 15 years when he sentences her Feb. 28.

Asked for the details of the crime, Deputy County Attorney Nick Freeman said Queen hit Springer, 50, at about 11:35 p.m. March 29 as he was trying to cross North Antelope Valley Parkway just south of Cornhusker Highway.

Queen didn't stop.

A friend of Springer ran to his side, and a woman who drove up called 911.

But no one could save him. Springer was dead less than an hour later.

Freeman said the woman who called 911 told police that minutes earlier she had seen a swerving, red van driving north on Antelope Valley run the red light at Salt Creek Roadway going 40 or 50 mph.

The witness stopped at the light as the van drove out of sight. 

Freeman said when the light turned green, she headed north and came upon Springer, in the street, and a man over him, trying to help.

A day later, acting on a tip, police found the van the witness described, a 2003 Chevrolet Ventura, parked outside Queen's home.

He said Queen went to the police station and turned herself in March 31, telling them she was the driver in the accident the night before where a person was killed.

Freeman said the only agreement they had was that he agreed not to file any additional charges in exchange for her plea.

Reach Lori Pilger at 402-473-7237 or lpilger@journalstar.com or follow her on Twitter at LJSpilger.

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