Man accused in fatal vehicle crash appears in court

By Bethany Knipp

An Ogden man made his first appearance in court Monday on charges of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of an Abilene woman who died Sept. 8.

Daniel Nathan Nitchman, 38, appeared in front of Judge Meryl Wilson in Riley County District Court Monday afternoon.

Nitchman is accused of killing Samantha A. Coleman, 31, who was struck on Interstate 70 by Nitchman’s 2012 Ford pickup after he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel and drifted off the road.

Coleman’s 2003 Chevy Trailblazer was disabled in a north ditch seven miles east of the K-177 junction after the vehicle’s tire tread had separated, according to the crash report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The Mercury reported initially that Nitchman was from St. Robert, Mo. He is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Riley at the time of the incident.

Nitchman was arrested Nov. 23 at Fort Riley and released from the Riley County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

Vehicular homicide is a Class A misdemeanor charge. Nitchman potentially faces a maximum sentence of a year in jail.

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