- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

SARGENT, Neb. (AP) - A driver has been charged with manslaughter for the Custer County crash death of his passenger on Thanksgiving.

Court records say 48-year-old Virgil Ramsdell also is charged with being a habitual criminal. Jail records say he remained in custody Wednesday. Court records don’t list the name of Ramsdell’s attorney.

The accident occurred Nov. 24 on U.S. Highway 183, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of Sargent. The Nebraska State Patrol says Ramsdell reported that when he swerved to miss a deer, the car ran into a ditch and rolled.

The patrol says Ramsdell and his passenger, 56-year-old Becky Millard, of Sargent, were taken to a Broken Bow hospital. She was declared dead there.

Court records say Ramsdell, of Taylor, tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine after the accident.

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