Hastings man sentenced for 2018 crash which killed Lexington woman

HASTINGS — A Hastings man was sentenced on Monday for a Sept. 19, 2018 crash which killed two people, including a 19-year-old Lexington woman.

Parker Short, 18, had plead guilty to two counts of misdemeanor vehicular homicide in Adams County Court in April.

Short was sentenced to two years in jail, 60 days will be served immediately, as well as 60 days served during December 2019, June 2020, December 2020 and June 2021. Short was ordered to pay a combined fine of $600. He was also sentenced to 24 months probation and 100 hours of community service, according to court documents.

The mother of Jose Martinez spoke during the sentencing to Short. “I will forgive you and hope God has given forgiveness to you,” she said through an interpreter.

Short spoke before the sentencing saying, “I apologize for the distress I have caused to all those in this room.”

The fatal accident occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at 1:40 p.m. at Maxon Ave. and J St., according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.

Short was driving westbound on J St. when he ran a stop sign and collided with a northbound vehicle on Maxon Ave. being driven by Isaiah Zapata, 20, of Grand Island, according to an Adams County press release.

Passengers in Zapata’s car included, Usuma Erikson, 18, of Grand Island, Jessica Guerrero, 19, of Lexington and Jose Martinez, 19 of Grand Island.

Guerrero and Martinez were transported to Mary Lanning Hospital, both died at the hospital. Erikson was also transported to Mary Lanning. Short was transported by Life Team to LGH-West, said the press release.

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