Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Nebraska's Lauren Cook cuts deal, might play

Yesterday, newspapers in Nebraska were reporting that it might take up to three weeks for a Lincoln judge to decide whether Nebraska setter Lauren Cook could enter a pretrial diversion program rather than face felony charges. 24 hours later, the legal system seems to be moving rather quickly. From the Lincoln Journal Star ...

By CORY MATTESON / Lincoln Journal Star | Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 12:05 pm

Nebraska volleyball player Lauren Cook has been accepted into pretrial diversion, according to a news release from the Lancaster County Attorney's Office.

Cook was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an injury accident. On Wednesday, the case was dismissed.

Lauren Cook
Lincoln police say she sideswiped a motorcycle parked on the shoulder of Humphrey Avenue just before noon on Oct. 30 as she drove westbound toward North 14th Street.

The driver of the motorcycle, Nathan Kollars, 30, suffered a broken leg. His passenger was treated for scrapes.

Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly said Tuesday his office looked at the police incident report from the crash, which indicated she was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs when her SUV hit the motorcycle. That she has a clean criminal record also was a key factor in recommending her case be dismissed to pretrial diversion, Kelly said.

If Cook fails to complete any of the requirements listed in her pretrial diversion agreement, the felony charge could be refiled.

On Tuesday, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said Cook -- who sat out the Huskers' two matches last weekend -- could play again once she is admitted into the diversion program.

Nebraska plays Friday at Indiana, the last-place team in the Big Ten, before facing 10th-ranked Purdue on the road Saturday.

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