Sentencing set to take place Mon. for woman charged in fatal SW IA crash


November 6th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A 19-year old will be sentenced Monday afternoon in connection with a November 2010 crash that claimed the lives of two Cumberland boys and severely injured their mother. Karli Jo Brown, of Essex, pled guilty in September, 2011, to motor vehicle homicide/reckless driving in the crash that killed 5-year old Maliki and 4-year old Alex Todd. The boys died at the scene of the crash, while their mother Nina McNeese, and Brown, were injured and flown to an Omaha hospital.

The accident happened at around 5:40-p.m. November 28th, 2010, on Highway 48, as Brown passed two vehicles on a hill, and hit McNeese’ vehicle head-on. Court documents said Brown was driving 74 mph in a 55 mph zone and texting her boyfriend on a cell phone at the time of the crash.

Brown faces up to 10 years in prison on each of two counts of motor vehicle homicide when she appears in court at 1:30-p.m. Monday. In return for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a charge of causing serious injury by motor vehicle.