A Lawrence man entered a plea Friday to striking and killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in April.
Adan S. Cruz, 23, faces roughly between five and 14 years in prison for his role in the April 9 death of Jodie Hatzenbihler, a 25-year-old nurse from Olathe who was walking across the street with friends after leaving Cadillac Ranch, 2515 W. Sixth St.
Standing in court wearing a red jail jumpsuit, Cruz pleaded no contest to one count of involuntary manslaughter and to second-time driving while intoxicated. He faces between 62 and 172 months in prison.
Assistant Dist. Atty. Angela Wilson said Cruz's blood-alcohol content after the wreck was 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit for driving. According to a police report, officers also believed Hatzenbihler was under the influence of alcohol, but Cruz's actions were listed as a more significant factor.
Hatzenbihler was a nurse at University of Kansas Hospital, where she was up for a new-nurse-of-the-year award.
Prosecutors dismissed a charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident as part of a plea agreement.
Judge Robert Fairchild scheduled Cruz's sentencing for Aug. 16.