- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

HOLDREGE, Neb. (AP) - A Lexington man accused in a fatal hit-and-run last fall has taken a plea deal.

Online court records say sentencing for 36-year-old Emilton Flores-Chavez is scheduled for Aug. 15. He pleaded no contest after prosecutors lowered charges that included manslaughter. It was changed to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident - a lesser felony.

Investigators say Flores-Chavez was driving a northbound truck Oct. 1 when he failed to yield at an intersection eight miles northeast of Bertrand. His truck struck a vehicle driven by Jesus Legarreta-Germez, of Sterling, Colorado. Legarreta-Germez died later at a Kearney hospital.

The Nebraska State Patrol says Flores-Chavez fled the accident but was found walking along U.S. Highway 183 the next day.

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