A car accident is an experience that no one wants to have. Yet these types of occurrences happen regularly on the highways and back roads in Nebraska. Often, the car accident is little more than a “fender bender.” While this type of minor car accident is an annoyance, if it is one from which everyone walks away without injury, it is often chalked up to mild misfortune. However, when the collision results in the death of a passenger or driver, the event takes on a much different character.

Of course, a fatal car accident isn’t just about the people involved — it’s also about the people who are left behind. The incident has a significant, lasting effect on those men, women and children who were involved in the victim’s life. For them, the days and weeks to follow will never be the same because their loved one was so abruptly taken away. This will no doubt hold true for the family members of a Merrick County car accident victim.

The crash reportedly occurred early in the morning on a weekday. A Ford truck, driven by the victim, was headed in a westerly direction. The vehicle was hit by not two vehicles traveling north at an intersection. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, although two passengers in the truck escaped serious injury. The drivers of the northbound cars were treated for injuries at a nearby facility.

At this point, one of the surviving drivers has been charged with motor vehicle homicide. It is not clear if the other driver, who is a juvenile, has been charged for his part in the Nebraska car accident. There is no word as to whether the victim’s family members will pursue restitution against either or both drivers in civil court. In similar vehicular homicide cases, loved ones have received monies to help pay for expenses ranging from burial costs to lost wages as well as other financial losses.  While this does not bring back the victim, it does ease the financial burden for those who are experiencing tremendous pain and sorrow.

Source: journalstar.com, “Teen arrested after fatal crash“, Algis Laukaitis, Feb. 9, 2015