Fatal Crash Case Closed: Teen Must Check In With Probation Officer For 90 Days

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BOOKS FOR NATE

Donated books will be delivered to the Junior League of Omaha's "A Book Of My Own" program and distributed to at-risk youth age 14 and under through several metro agencies.  Adult books will go to local literacy programs.

Books may be brought to the Concord Mediation Center (4225 North 90th Street, Omaha), Back and Neck Care Center (2055  North 156th Street, Omaha), Ridgeview Animal Hospital (18142 Wright Street, Omaha) and Walnut Creek Veterinary Clinic (96th Street and Highway 370, Bellevue).

Message www.facebook.com/booksfornate or email book@jlomaha.org to arrange a drop-off not listed.

A teenage driver involved in a deadly accident last fall was told by a Sarpy County judge Friday to maintain contact with a probation officer and her parents for 90 days to confirm she's still in therapy. The judge did not order any new probation terms or conditions.

Sixteen-year-old Madeline Shely plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge of motor vehicle homicide. She was behind the wheel of a Jeep that collided with a pickup at 180th Street and Highway 370 in Gretna October 11th, killing 15-year-old Nate LaFave and injuring 15-year-old Carly Ann Kelly. Investigators said Shely failed to yield to vehicles that had the right of way.

Shely, her parents, Kelly, her mother, and Nate LaFave's mother Beth were in the courtroom. Beth and Kelly's mom hugged each other and cried during the judge's explanation of his decision.

The judge could have ordered a curfew, probation, random drug testing or had Shely wear a tracking bracelet, but instead decided she must "honor Nate's life everyday and do so knowing you can make a difference." He said, "I hope one day you become newsworthy from doing so."


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The judge received several letters, including one from Nate's mother, asking for leniency. The judge will consider sealing the case records after the 90 days are up.

Shely has since taken a defensive driving course, met with doctors and therapists, attended grief counseling and visited with first responders who were at the accident scene.

As part of a mediation meeting required by the judge between the LaFave and Shely families, Beth LaFave suggested they conduct a book drive in Nate's memory. Donated books will be delivered to the Junior League of Omaha's "A Book Of My Own" program and distributed to at-risk youth age 14 and under through several metro agencies. Adult books will go to local literacy programs.


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