September 23, 2014

Drunk driver runs over bicyclist, killing him

Lancaster County authorities say a man driving drunk ran over a bicyclist last night, killing him.

According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, 57-year-old Douglas Dalke of Lincoln died at the scene of the accident, 54th and Saltillo Road.

26-year-old Everett Hoesing of Olathe, KS has been charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

The sheriff’s office reports Dalke was riding west on Saltillo when he attempted to turn south onto 54th. The car driven by Hoesing struck the bicycle from behind.

The fatal crash was the 11th fatal wreck in Nebraska in the last five days.

Chris Whitney, KLIN, contributed to this story.

Two killed in rear-end collision in southeastern Nebraska

Two people died in a rear end collision on Highway 34 in southeastern Nebraska Sunday evening.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 23-year-old Matthew Kirkchhoff of Weeping Water and 22-year-old Emily Widger of Lincoln died at the scene, a mile and a half southeast of Elmwood.

According to the sheriff’s office, Kirchoff was driving west on Highway 34 with Widger as a passenger when a car driven by 25-year-old Edward Koch of Quincy, Illinois struck his car from behind. Koch was taken to a hospital in Lincoln.

The investigation into the crash continues.

Murray man killed in weekend rollover crash

A 38-year-old Murray man has been killed after he lost control of his car on a curve, driving off the roadway, and rolling over.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports Kevin Light was pronounced dead at the scene, Saturday morning on the southern side of Plattsmouth.

Investigators for the office say Light was driving too fast in heavy rain to make the curve.

18-year-old charged with vehicular homicide in fatal Lincoln wreck

An 18-year-old Lincoln man faces a charge of vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence after a fatal wreck just outside Lincoln late Sunday morning.

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says Christopher Cazun refused to take a chemical test after the wreck and is also charged with reckless driving and driving under suspension.

Wagner says that Cazun’s vehicle was traveling southbound on Highway 77 when he struck the rear of a black Chevy Avalanche.

“We have a witness, very closed to the crash, who indicated she was almost struck in the rear by Cazun also, before he was able to pass her safely and get around her without crashing,” according to Wagner.

Killed in the wreck was 50-year-old Randall Woita of Weston, a passenger in the Avalanche. The driver, 42-year-old Tamara Theye of Kearney and another passenger, 18-year-old Rhea Woita of Wahoo, were hospitalized in Lincoln with non-life threatening injuries.

Cazun has been jailed in Lincoln.

Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.

Woman dies from injuries suffered after her car crashes into pole

A young woman died of injuries suffered when her car rammed into a utility pole in southwest Omaha.

Omaha police say 29-year-old Ashley Carter of La Vista died later at an Omaha hospital from injuries suffered in the wreck.

Police say witnesses reported the care had been moving erratically before the fatal accident early Saturday evening.