A Colorado woman died in a tragic series of events that followed her hitting a deer with her car in southeastern Nebraska.
The Gage County Sheriff’s Office reports 59-year-old Bonnie Goings of Colorado Springs was struck and killed by another vehicle while outside of her car, inspecting the damage done when she struck the deer on U.S. 136 near Beatrice Sunday morning.
Gage County Chief Deputy Sheriff Doug Klaus says the investigation indicates a second car stopped to render aid and parked on the shoulder of the road with its flashers on.
A third vehicle approached, saw the second car stopped on the shoulder, pulled over to avoid that car, and slammed into the disabled vehicle. The driver of the third car, 42-year-old Johanna Neumann of Filley, was not injured.
Klaus says that since the sun hadn’t risen, it would have been difficult for Neumann to see the disabled vehicle.
Five passengers in Goings’ car suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Beatrice Community Hospital.
The accident closed Highway 136 until about noon Sunday while two accident reconstruction experts from the Nebraska State Patrol assisted a Gage County Sheriff’s officer investigating the wreck.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this story.