Judge has harsh words for man prone to carelessness

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Emmett S. Wood, Jr. was sentenced in Lincoln County Court Thursday, February 15. He is currently serving a 3-6 year prison sentence on an unrelated assault charge. Judge Michael Piccolo sentenced him to six months consecutive, in Lincoln County, which will be served as soon as his current sentence is completed.

Wood's attorney pleaded to the court for a concurrent sentence, which would allow him to serve his six months at the same time as his current sentence, arguing that often these cases are given probation. Adding six months consecutive time creates a problem for Wood. Because of the consecutive six months being added, he will not be eligible for parole in December 2018, nor will he be eligible for work release.

Original story, Feb. 1, 2018 by Jacque Harms.
A Lincoln County Judge says a North Platte man is guilty of killing his passenger in an accident near the Flying J Truck stop last year.

40-year-old Emmett Wood Jr. will be sentenced for Motor Vehicle Homicide on Feb. 15, 2018.

Judge Michael Piccolo ruled Wood was a negligent driver because of his speeding and careless driving in the May 2017 crash.

Update: Aug. 4, 2017
A North Platte man is accused killing his passenger in a May accident near the Flying J Truck Stop. 40-year-old Emmett Wood Jr. now faces a Motor Vehicle Homicide charge, a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Police say Wood was driving the pickup that hit a semi truck in May. The impact killed his passenger, 73-year-old Mike Torres.

The semi driver, was turning left, to go north on Newberry Access Road, when it was hit by Wood. Several witnesses say Wood was driving too fast.

UPDATE 5/19/17:
The North Platte Police Department said the autopsy has been completed, and all reports will be forwarded to the county attorney's office for their review.

We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more details.
Emmett Wood, 40, of North Platte was driving the pickup that hit a semi truck Thursday afternoon. The impact killed his passenger, 73-year-old Mike Torres.

The semi driver, Jeffrey D. Owens, 30, of Arlington Texas, was turned left to go Northbound on Newberry, when it was hit by the pickup. Several witnesses say the pickup was driving fast.

Wood was also transported to Great Plains Health and later released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Both Wood and Torres Sr. were not wearing their seat belts.

Per state law both drivers submitted to a legal blood draw. Those results will be ready in a few days. LCSO and NSP assisted. NSP reconstructed the accident, so far those results are not complete.

An autopsy is scheduled for Michael Torres Sr.. The investigation is in its preliminary stages. Right now, no charges are filed, but they may come once the investigation is complete.

The North Platte Police Department says 73-year-old Mike Torres Sr. of North Platte died as a result of an accident on Newberry Access near the Flying J Truck Stop Thursday afternoon.

North Platte Police Sgt. Kendall Allison said the preliminary investigation indicates that a semi had pulled off Walker Rd., when a pick up heading northbound on Newberry Access clipped the back of the semi, causing the pick up to roll several times.

North Platte Police said the two people in the pick up were transported to the hospital from the scene.

Northbound traffic on Newberry Access was temporarily redirected.

The North Platte Fire Department, North Platte Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol and the Lincoln County Sheriff''s Office responded to the scene.

NPPD and NSP are currently investigating and re-creating the scene.