Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigators released more information on a tragic accident earlier this month that claimed three lives. Deputy Chief Tom Wheeler says speed, alcohol and drugs were involved in the crash.
Wheeler says, “Our investigation shows the vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 mph when it left the roadway at 180th and Blondo.” The pickup crossed Blondo, went into a cornfield, went across the Papillion Creek and struck the bank on the opposite side. The vehicle then rolled down a bank and came to rest in the bottom of the creek. The investigation shows there were no skid marks that the driver tried to stop.
Autopsy results show the driver, Robert Baker of Elkhorn, had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit and there was THC in his system. Those results show that Baker and two passengers, Patricia Padron and Jonathan Rodriquez of Grand Island, died from blunt force trauma.