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UPDATE: Authorities say charges pending against Omaha driver as pedestrian death investigation continues

Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 12:58 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2021 at 3:05 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Douglas County Attorney’s office on Monday was working to determine what charges to file against a man arrested after a woman was hit by a car Saturday in the Blackstone neighborhood.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine told 6 News that 30-year-old William D. Wright will eventually be charged with something — at the very least DUI — but there’s more investigation to be done. Kleine said OPD is trying to determine whether he was driving erratically or if there were other issues in the minutes before the crash.

For the time being, the charges the city filed against Wright have been dismissed, according to Douglas County Court documents signed Monday by Omaha City Attorney Matt Kuhse. Wright was still in jail as of Monday afternoon, according to court records, but authorities said he would be released pending official charges.

Kaitlyn A. Vanessen, 20, died after she was hit by a Mazda CX-5 around 2 a.m. Saturday near 38th and Farnam streets, Omaha Police reported over the weekend.

OPD said in a report issued later Saturday morning that they arrested the driver with a blood-alcohol content of 0.182, more than double the legal limit, and booked him on charges of motor vehicle homicide.

According to investigators, there’s video of the incident showing the driver had a green light and that the pedestrian walked into the street. 6 News was told the driver then stopped to render aid.

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