Nebraska road fatalities outpace 2012 - Omaha.com
Published Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 7:18 am
Nebraska road fatalities outpace 2012

Four people died on Nebraska roads during the past three days, pushing the state's traffic-related deaths ahead of last year's pace.

The deaths pushed the number of road fatalities to 107 for the year. That is six more than at this point last year.

Law enforcement officers also responded to several nonfatal crashes in the region.

Motorist dies in Lincoln crash

A vehicle crashed into a utility pole in southeast Lincoln early Monday, killing the driver.

Lincoln Police Capt. Michon Morrow said Matthew McCall, 28, Nebraska City, who was the only occupant of the 2000 Lincoln LS, was southbound on 70th Street and approaching Nebraska Highway 2 about 5 a.m. when the vehicle veered off the road. The vehicle struck a Lincoln Electric System utility pole and caught fire, killing the motorist, she said.

Morrow said 70th Street was closed for 2 hours after the crash while police investigated the accident scene.

The victim's name, age and hometown were not released until Monday afternoon.

Bicyclist hurt in Lincoln crash

A bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries early Monday when he was struck by a vehicle near Southwest 40th and West O Streets in Lincoln, according to police.

The 1995 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Kile Casteel and bicycle were traveling east on West O in the curb lane when the accident occurred, said Lincoln Police Capt. Michon Morrow.

Casteel, a 23-year-old from Roca, Neb., was not injured, she said, but a passenger suffered minor injuries that did not require treatment.

Morrow said the bicyclist, whose name was not released, was a 24-year-old foreign exchange student who has no family in the United States.

Man injured in Bluffs crash

COUNCIL BLUFFS — A 26-year-old Nebraska man was seriously injured early Sunday when his vehicle struck a Council Bluffs house.

Police said Ryan Seefus of Kennard, Neb., was taken to Creighton University Medical Center for emergency surgery after the 4:20 a.m. single-vehicle accident at Service Road B and Second Avenue.

Police said Seefus was northbound on the service road when he failed to stop at the intersection with Second Avenue. Seefus' vehicle struck a guardrail and then a house at 3624 Second Avenue, police said.

Seefus, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, had to be cut free of his vehicle.

The home's occupants were not injured. The house sustained substantial structural damage, said police, who added that the accident remains under investigation.

Cruiser rammed; 1 arrested

One person was arrested in Council Bluffs in connection with a stolen car ramming an Omaha police cruiser Monday near 13th and Vinton Streets.

Omaha police officers spotted the stolen red Ford Mustang in a gas station parking lot about 6:55 a.m. Police said the Mustang and its three occupants then rammed the cruiser and fled east from the filling station on Vinton Street.

It appeared at least one officer was outside the cruiser before the crash, police said, and was preparing to approach the stolen Mustang.

Later, the Mustang was found in the Bluffs and one person was arrested, police said.

An initial help-an-officer call was issued after the accident, but it was canceled a few minutes later.

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