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Driver loses control of vehicle near Hickman
HICKMAN – A 19-year-old female from Firth rolled her red Smart Fortwo west of Hickman late Monday morning.
The one-car accident occurred on Hickman Road between 38th and 54th Streets.
Sergeant Tommy Trotter of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said the female, who was driving westbound, supposedly drifted toward the right shoulder and overcorrected.
The car crossed the eastbound lane, went into the ditched and came to a stop on the driver’s side in a field on the south side of Hickman Road.
Trotter said the female was treated for minor injuries and was transported by Lincoln Fire and Rescue to Bryan Health in Lincoln.
Hickman Fire and Rescue also responded to the accident.
Two motorcyle accidents, one fatal, occur by Eagle
EAGLE – Within the last week, one motorcycle rider was killed and another seriously injured in two separate accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles near Eagle.
On the morning of July 14 around 9 a.m., Chris Badman, 47, of South Bend, was riding north on his 2008 Victory motorcycle on Nebraska Highway 43 just south of Eagle when a southbound semi turned left onto Shire Drive, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
Badman hit the back of the semi cab and the front of the trailer, according to Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann.
The truck driver, Michael Bauman, 27, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, attempted to help Badman, but deputies pronounced him dead at the scene, the release said.
The investigation is ongoing, but alcohol is not considered a factor. No charges have been filed as of press time.
The death of Badman was the 18th motorcycle fatality on Nebraska roads this year. The average number this time of year the past five years has been 10, said Fred Zwonechek, the Nebraska highway safety administrator.
A 49-year-old Elmwood man narrowly escaped being another fatality on Saturday as his 2015 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 2001 Ford Explorer driven by 25-year-old William Romero, 25, collided near Eagle.
Todd Stevens was transported to Bryan Medical Center around 4:30 p.m. Cass County deputies determined that Stevens was eastbound on Highway 34 and Romero was northbound on Highway 63 when he turned west onto Highway 34.
Stevens was unable to avoid the truck and collided with the driver’s-side door. Romero, who was uninjured, was cited for failure to yield.
A passenger in the pickup was also uninjured. Both occupants were using seat belts.
Driver leaves after
striking crossing gate
ADAMS – On July 3, 2017 at approximately 3 p.m., the Gage County Sheriff’s Office received information that John Voitus, 46, of Firth, had struck a railroad crossing gate near South 148th Road on East Highway 41 near Adams, with his 2004 Ford Escape.
The information received also indicated Voitus failed to report this accident to Law Enforcement and left the scene. The Gage County Sheriff’s Office confirmed with Southeast Communications that there were no reports of an accident in this area.
Earlier in the day on July 3 at approximately 9 a.m., Gage County Deputies were advised by Southeast Communications that Burlington Northern Santa Fe would be repairing a damaged crossing gate at this area, but it was not reported how the damage occurred. This information is generally forwarded to Southeast Communications for the purposes of any traffic issues that may arise during the time of the repair work.
Voitus was located at his residence in Firth with the assistance of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and was cited for Leaving the Scene of an Accident. While at the residence, Deputies observed damage to the windshield and hood of the 2004 Ford Escape registered to Voitus.
This was a one vehicle non-injury accident. Voitus reported seatbelt restraints were in use. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor.
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