Omaha police still seek driver in hit-and-run wreck that killed transient man -
Published Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 6:19 pm
Omaha police still seek driver in hit-and-run wreck that killed transient man

Officials still are searching for the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 56-year-old transient man near 24th and J Streets on Friday night.

David M. Yost was walking when a vehicle southbound on 24th Street hit him in the curb lane. Officers responded to the accident around 9:55 p.m. and discovered the driver had fled from the scene.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a dark cream or light tan older-model Toyota or Honda Civic.

Yost was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Yost grew up in the Salt Lake City area. He struggled with alcohol addiction and was unemployed after being laid off a few years ago, his brother-in-law said Monday evening.

Gary Tidwell of Logan, Utah, said Yost had worked at Hercules Inc., a manufacturing company that produces rocket motors, in Salt Lake City for about 15 years.

The Tidwells last heard from Yost a month and a half ago. He called his sister, Barbara, from Sioux City, Iowa, Tidwell said.

Yost had lived at the People's City Mission homeless shelter in Lincoln from March to May of this year and for a couple of months in 2012, said the Rev. Tom Barber, executive director of the People's City Mission.

Tidwell said that besides Yost's sister, he is survived by his mother, Doris Yost; four children, Jeff, Julie, Natalie Yost Reimann and Kimberley Yost-Nicholls; siblings Herb Yost and Laura Johnson; and six grandchildren.

Omaha police said that anyone with information should call the accident investigation squad at 402-444-5627.

Contact the writer: Alissa Skelton    |   402-444-1066    |  

Alissa is a breaking news and general assignment reporter for

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