A 26-year-old Omaha woman has been acquitted by a jury of misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Raysheena Samuel was behind the wheel of an SUV that ran a red light on February 3rd, killing 50-year old Kathryn Hardiman.
It happened on the northbound Martha Street exit ramp of Interstate 480. Samuel told investigators that her brakes failed.
She was also charged with failing to maintain her vehicle. A Channel 6 News investigation revealed that the Chevy Suburban Samuel was driving did not belong to her. The owner of the SUV had a suspended license. Records no longer show that charge still active.
Hardiman’s passenger, 30-year old Jason Newman, was injured in the crash. He had to be cut from the wreckage. He was hospitalized with broken ribs and internal injuries.