A pickup truck that was believed to be involved in a fatal hit and run crash that claimed the life of a 62-year old rural Hickman man last Thursday has been located and the owner questioned.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says they had determined from some of the debris recovered at the scene that they were looking for a 2002 or 2003 GMC Pickup.
“We had already begun the process of elimination on trying to determine those vehicles in Lancaster County and there were quite a few,” Wagner says. “We had already begun sending deputies out looking for those vehicles to determine if they may have been involved. It was fortunate that we got this information in and were able to recover this vehicle.”
Sheriff Wagner says the 2002 maroon GMC pickup truck is owned by 33-year old James Gibbs of Panama. Sheriff Wagner says the investigation continues on who was driving the truck at the time of the crash.
“We made contact with the owner of the vehicle, James Gibbs, age 33 of Panama and seized that vehicle.,” Wagner notes. “We have a search warrant to process it for evidence.”
Gregory Nicklas was struck and killed as he walked his dog just south of his home near South 98th and Wagon Train Road last Thursday night.
Nicklas was the co-founder and co-CEO of Christian Heritage, a group that cares for abused and neglected children in Nebraska. Funeral services for Nicklas will be held on Thursday in Lincoln.