Nitchman sentenced to probation in vehicular homicide

By The Mercury

A Missouri man charged with vehicular homicide was sentenced to 12 months of probation Monday afternoon in Riley County District Court.

Daniel Nitchman, 39, of St. Robert, Mo., was charged with the Class A misdemeanor in the death of Samantha Coleman, 31, of Abilene.

Nitchman pleaded no contest on April 1.

Coleman was killed Sept. 8, 2013, when Nitchman fell asleep while driving his Ford F-150 truck on Interstate 70 and struck her. Coleman was standing in the north ditch near her disabled Chevrolet Trailblazer, waiting for emergency assistance.

Prosecutors have said that Nitchman was driving 81 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

Nitchman’s sentence includes an underlying prison sentence of 12 months in the Riley County Jail that could take effect if he violates his probation terms.

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