Minatare man enters plea to manslaughter in fatal July rollover

A 21 year old Minatare man accused of causing the death of 21 year old Taylor Magdaleno of Gering in a rollover accident last July has entered a no contest plea Friday to manslaughter. In a plea agreement motor vehicle homicide and drunk driving charges against Drew Schmaltz were dismissed. Sentencing is set for February 26th at 3 p.m. before District judge Randy Lippstreu

Schmaltz is charged with being at the wheel of a pickup truck that rolled near the intersection of County Road 29 and County Road M July 27th of last year. Magdaleno died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident.

According to court documents, a breath alcohol test showed Schmaltz had a level of .155, nearly two times the legal limit.

The Investigation revealed that a southbound pickup truck occupied by six males and driven by Schmaltz left the roadway and rolled several times. At the time of the accident, four of the males were riding in the cab, and two in the pickup bed. Taylor Magdaleno was the front seat passenger, and was ejected.

21 year old Ruben Esparza of Gering, 21 year old Carlos Palomo of Gering, 21 year old Jake Peltz of Alliance, and 22 year old Dillon Brousard of Minatare received injuries, but were treated and later released from Regional West Medical Center. None of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

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