An investigation continues into the cause of a fatal rollover vehicle crash in eastern Nebraska that killed a 15-year-old boy.
Dead is Taylon Artman of Eagle.
He was one of five passengers in the car driven by 15-year-old Carley Benson of Waverly.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says that while Benson had a learner’s permit, no one at least 21-years-old was in the car with her as required by state law.
Wagner says Benson lost control of the car when pavement turned to gravel north of Waverly.
“The driver over-corrected and then lost control, went into the ditch and rolled at least a couple of times,” Wagner tells reporters at a briefing.
Benson wore a seat belt. None of her passengers wore seat belts.
Wagner says the initial investigation indicates Benson lost control of the car when the road changed from pavement to gravel. He says her lack of driving experience played a role.
“That’s what we see time and time again at these kinds of single-vehicle rollover crashes on gravel roads is the gravel pile and the inexperience,” according to Wagner. “Once you lost control, it’s difficult to regain that.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this article.