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Lincoln woman gets a year in jail, $1,000 fine for fatal hit-and-run last year
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Lincoln woman gets a year in jail, $1,000 fine for fatal hit-and-run last year

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A Lancaster County judge gave a 23-year-old Lincoln woman the maximum she could -- a year in the county jail and a $1,000 fine -- on a misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide case.

Teawna Stetson pleaded no contest for the fatal hit-and-run near the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus last March that killed Sean Cover. 

Police say Cover, 44, died after being struck by a second vehicle, whose driver never has been identified.

Stetson

Stetson

Prosecutors said Cover was in the street shortly after 9:30 p.m. March 28, 2020, when Teawna Stetson hit him with her Nissan Altima along Holdrege Street near 38th Street.

Stetson didn't stop or call 911.

Video showed that Cover remained on the ground, where about a minute later, he was struck by a westbound vehicle, which also left the scene.

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Stetson turned herself in about three hours after the crash and admitted to knowing that she had hit someone. She told officers she tried to avoid hitting a pedestrian in the street, but couldn't.

Cover had been crossing in the middle of a block. 

District Judge Susan Strong sentenced Stetson on Wednesday to the jail time but is allowing her to turn herself in on Friday to start serving it. 

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7237 or lpilger@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSpilger

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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