A Sioux City woman is found not guilty in a crash that killed two people earlier this year.
We weren't in the Dakota County Courtroom for long Friday morning before the jury reached the verdict for Heather Reisdorph, acquitting her of two counts of motor vehicle homicide.
The accident took place in January. Killed were 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 told the jury, 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 and 51 miles per hour, suggesting she slowed and swerved to avoid the acccident.
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 11:00 Friday morning and delivered their verdict at 12:30 p.m.
The daughter of Patricia Oldenburg, and mother of Regan Coenen, visibly broke down in the courtroom as the verdict was read.
Braden Coenen, the 9 year-old brother and grandson of the victims, survived the crash, and we are told he has recovered and is back in school.
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