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Man won't be prosecuted after deadly hit-and-run that killed Iowa woman

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Authorities have decided not to prosecute a man whose vehicle fatally struck an Iowa woman in southeast Nebraska.

Nineteen-year-old Merzedes Hart, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was killed late Jan. 13 as she crossed U.S. Highway 6 northeast of Lincoln. The vehicle that hit her continued on. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says Hart and two friends had been at a nearby strip club.

A news release from Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that investigators concluded the vehicle driver did nothing to cause the accident and left the scene only because he thought his vehicle had struck a deer. The 51-year-old man, Ricky Phillips, of Lincoln, was cited for driving with a suspended license.

 Hart was a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and was on the track team.
 

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