The Cass County man responsible for a crash that killed a 13-year-old boy was sentenced to 75 days in jail Thursday.
Kevin Monahan, of rural Murray, was given credit for one day served. In addition, he will lose his license for one year, serve 24 months probation, and 250 hours of community service.
In July 2013, Monahan was driving a semi when he slammed into the back of a vehicle that was stopped on Highway 75, near the Plattsmouth Airport, for construction work. The impact caused a chain reaction. Altogether, three stopped cars were hit.
Nathan Houfek of the rural Beaver Lake area was killed. Four other people were injured including Nathan’s mother and sister. Investigators said Houfek and his family members were in a Ford Fusion that was the second vehicle struck from behind.
The misdemeanor filing accused Monahan of careless driving; and/or failure to obey traffic control device; and/or speed too fast for conditions; and/or following too closely; and/or failure to exercise due care with a pedestrian (construction flagman).
There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in Monahan’s system and there was no evidence supporting reckless or willful reckless driving, said Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox.