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Driver admits to drinking before fatal crash,...

Posted at 5:42 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 19:29:59-05

Bond is set for a man alleged to be the driver in a deadly Sarpy County crash before Christmas.  Prosecutors say he left a Lincoln woman for dead at the scene, and admitted to investigators to drinking before the crash.

Colin Larsen, 21, posts 10% of the $50,000 bond he's given on Monday morning at the Sarpy County Jail.

The morning of December 20th, Sarpy County Sheriff's respond to a single truck rollover on Highway 31 near Highway 50 south of Springfield.  Tiffany Hofmeister, 20, is pronounced dead at the scene but the driver is gone.  About 6 hours later and a mile from the crash, Larsen of Louisville is located.  He's now charged with felony failure to render aid in a fatal crash.

Hofmeister, a Lincoln North Star graduate, is described by friends like Ariel Davis as a very goal oriented girl who always wanted to make people laugh.

"When I found out I think I just lost it, it was just like a piece of my heart just fell out, I was like no it can't be they've got the wrong Tiffany,” Davis explained. “She was just an amazing person, her laugh was very contagious."

A search warrant indicates he ran away from the truck to get help because he was scared.  Larsen told investigators he fell asleep at the wheel, and admitted to drinking 6-8 beers before the crash.  Prosecutors say they'll likely charge him with misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide at a later date.

Larsen wasn't 21-years-old at the time of the crash, and sheriff's are looking into how he allegedly got the beer.

If convicted, he faces 0-4 years in prison.  Larsen’s defense attorney didn’t return a call for comment on Monday.