The following statement was released by Otoe County Attorney David Partsch this morning in response to an accident on Highway 75 near Nebraska City on Sunday night.

Two people died and two others were injured Sunday evening in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 75 near H Road in Otoe County, just west of Nebraska City. The investigation continues into the crash which was reported at 7:20 p.m. The crash involved a northbound Buick Rainier SUV and a southbound Chevrolet pickup truck. Three occupants of the Chevrolet pickup were contacted at the scene by first responders, with one passenger being declared deceased at the scene. She has been identified as Rachel Curry, age 32 of Auburn. The driver and second passenger were transported to CHI Health St. Mary’s in Nebraska City. Subsequently, at 8:47 p.m. the pickup’s passenger who was transported to the hospital was also declared deceased. She has been identified as Chloe Curry, a student at Johnson County Central in Tecumseh, whom would have turned sixteen-years-old this Wednesday. The school was notified and has grief counseling available for its students. The driver, Michael Curry, age 39, also of Auburn, survived the crash.

The suspected driver of the Buick Rainier could not be found at the scene of the crash despite a thorough search by a K-9 deployed by the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office and use of a helicopter and search equipment provided by the Nebraska State Patrol. This individual was located late Sunday night by law enforcement officers in Falls City, Nebraska, approximately fifty-seven (57) miles south of the crash. After receiving medical treatment, the suspected driver remained in custody and was transported to the Otoe County Jail as the investigation continues. 

An update will be made upon determination of whether and what criminal charges are to be filed as a result of this crash.