Woman sentenced for fatal hit and run - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Woman sentenced for fatal hit and run

Posted: Updated:
Kinley Queen Kinley Queen
William Springer William Springer

Posted By: Cole Miller
Cmiller@klkntv.com

Kinley Queen was sentenced in an accident that killed 50-year-old William Springer.

It happened last March near the Devaney Center. In Lancaster County District Court Thursday afternoon, emotions were running high as Queen was sentenced up to 4 years in prison.  She and her attorney had hoped for probation.

A police investigation says Queen hit and killed Springer, a homeless man, as he was crossing Antelope Valley Parkway. Police say Queen didn't stop at the accident, but turned herself in two days later. 

In November, she pled no contest to leaving the scene of an injury accident and causing serious bodily injury.  Her attorney says Springer was crossing at an unmarked area and had a blood alcohol content more than 3 times the legal limit.

The judge ultimately ruled that while the case was tragic in multiple ways, it couldn't be ignored that Queen failed to offer help.

"I think that's pretty much what the judge said is he's sending a message that regardless of how bad the accident appears to be, you should always stop and make sure that there's nothing you could or couldn't do," Queen's attorney Toney Redman said.

Springer's younger sister says she forgives Queen, that it's necessary to go on with life, but she just can't help wonder why she didn't stop.

At the time of the accident, Queen was going through a drug treatment program after she was arrested for taking drugs from a patient she was caring for at an Ashland nursing home.

Queen told the courtroom that she is truly sorry for what she did, and has to live with the pain every day.

She will be eligible for parole after serving one year.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Lincoln man shot several times with pellet gun

    Lincoln man shot several times with pellet gun

    Lincoln man shot several times with pellet gun

    Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, officers were called to an apartment complex in southeast Lincoln near Honor Drive, to reports of a man being shot with a pellet gun. The victim, a 28 year old male, was confronted by another male who shot at him with a pellet gun from a car. The suspect got out of his vehicle with two pellet guns and continued shooting at the victim, striking him above the eye, lodging a pellet into his eyeb...More >>
    Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News 8@klkntv.com Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, officers were called to an apartment complex in southeast Lincoln near Honor Drive, to reports of a man being shot with a pellet gun. The victim, a 28 year old male, was confronted by another male who shot at him with a pellet gun from a car. The suspect got out of his vehicle with two pellet guns and continued shooting at the victim, striking him above the eye, lodging a pellet into his eyeb...More >>
  • Man rolls vehicle after encounter with police

    UPDATE: Man rolls vehicle after encounter with police

    UPDATE: Man rolls vehicle after encounter with police

    Three people are injured after a rollover accident near Touzalin and Logan Avenue Wednesday night. 

    More >>

    Three people are injured after a rollover accident near Touzalin and Logan Avenue Wednesday night. 

    More >>
  • Armed robbery at Kwik Shop near 40th and A

    Armed robbery at Kwik Shop near 40th and A

    Armed robbery at Kwik Shop near 40th and A

    Lincoln Police say a man wielding a shotgun robbed a Kwik Shop a little before 12:30 a.m. The man was wearing a mask. He demanded money and the cashier handed it over. The suspect then fled on foot. A perimeter was set up with a k-9 unit, but they were unable to find the suspect. The robber is still on the loose. Lincoln Police say the area is safe for travel. The investigation is ongoing.More >>
    Lincoln Police say a man wielding a shotgun robbed a Kwik Shop a little before 12:30 a.m. The man was wearing a mask. He demanded money and the cashier handed it over. The suspect then fled on foot. A perimeter was set up with a k-9 unit, but they were unable to find the suspect. The robber is still on the loose. Lincoln Police say the area is safe for travel. The investigation is ongoing.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.