Grand Island woman convicted of false reporting in pedestrian death case

GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska (Nebraska) — A Grand Island woman will be convicted in April of falsely reporting a misdemeanor in an August 2021 vehicular and pedestrian fatality.

Michelle Robinson, 63, was initially charged with felony charges including motor vehicle homicide, petty driving under the influence and negligent driving. The Hall County Attorney’s Office later changed the vehicle murder charge to a false report. A spokesman for the Hall County Attorney’s Office stated that a later analysis of the evidence found that it was insufficient to prove more serious allegations. On Tuesday, Robinson pleaded no contest to the false report charge, and the drunk driving and reckless driving charges were dropped.

The accident happened in August 2021. Antonio Nicholas Antonio, 45, died when he was hit by Robinson’s car near 7th Street and Eddie on Grand Island. The Grand Island Police report indicated that Robinson was on prescription medication at the time and should not have been driving.

Robinson’s sentencing is set for April 19. The maximum penalty for false reporting is one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

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