Charges Coming for Driver in Crash That Killed Bicyclist

OMAHA (KPTM) - The Douglas County Attorney's Office announced Tuesday it will be charging the 82-year-old driver of a car that hit and killed an Omaha man about two weeks ago.

County Attorney Don Kleine says he will charge Ruth Jeffers with one count of Motor Vehicle Homicide, a misdemeanor.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says Jeffers swerved to avoid a car stopped to make a turn, hitting James Johnston on West Center Road at 264th Street on March 13.

Johnston was riding his bicycle and was hit. He was airlifted to an Omaha hospital, where he died.

Johnston was a retired teacher and a trainer at Millard West High School.

If convicted, Jeffers could be sentenced to up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.