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UPDATE: Jury finds woman not guilty in fatal Nebraska car crash

The jury quickly reached the verdict for Heather Reisdorph, acquitting her of two counts of motor vehicle homicide charges.

The accident took place this past January, killing 57 year-old Patricia Oldenburg of Homer Nebraska and her 3 year-old granddaughter, Regan Coenen of Sioux City. 

 The defense presented only one witness in their case, an accident reconstruction investigator.

 He stated to the jury that in his professional opinion, Reisdorph was not acting carelessly.

 The investigator was not at the scene, but he said according to calculations based on the evidence, Reisdorph only struck the outer two feet of the back of Oldenburg's car. 

 Reisdorph was traveling between 46 to 51 mph, suggesting she slowed and swerved to avoid the accident.

 He also said according to his math, Reisdorph would have had less than a second and a half to react to the stopped car in front of her.

The jury received the case shortly after 11 o'clock this morning, and handed down their verdict of not guilty at 12:30 p.m.

Braden Coenen, the 9 year-old brother and grandson of the victims, survived the accident and officials say he has recovered and is back in school.

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