Authorities believe a 53-year-old Beatrice man who died in a freak traffic wreck suffered a medical problem prior to the accident.
Dead is William Snyder, the driver of a Chevrolet Corvette that left an access road adjacent to the Indian Creek Mall parking lot in Beatrice, entered the parking lot, shearing off the front of a flower shop van and damaging two other unoccupied, parked vehicles before hitting a light pole.
Beatrice Police Chief Bruce Lang says investigators suspect a medical problem might have set in motion the tragic chain of events.
“He had some history of medical problems and so we’re kind of exploring that as we speak, actually, trying to get some more details on that,” Lang tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE.
Witnesses told police the Corvette entered the parking lot at a high rate of speed.
Lang says it was fortunate no one else was injured.
“It was not kind of a stroke of luck, it was a huge stroke of luck. It was nothing short of a miracle that nobody was hit,” Lang says.
The accident occurred, according to Lang, at a busy time of the day with schools letting out, normal shopping mall traffic as well as the traffic along Highway 77.
Lang says a decision will likely be made today on whether an autopsy will be ordered.
The Beatrice Police, Gage County Sheriff’s Office and a Nebraska State Patrol advanced accident investigator is investigating the accident.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this article.