Status hearing postponed in vehicular homicide case

By The Mercury

Judge Meryl Wilson rescheduled Daniel Nitchman’s status hearing Tuesday.

Nitchman is charged with vehicular homicide in the September accident that caused the death of Samantha Coleman, 31, of Abilene.

Coleman 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.

Nitchman is currently fulfilling obligations for the U.S. Army in Louisiana, according to his attorney, Richard Seaton Jr. of Manhattan.

The status hearing is rescheduled for 2:30 p.m. March 31.

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