WAHOO – Several one-vehicle crashes were in the report file this week at the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office.
A deer caused a wreck June 24 on Highway 77 about 4 miles south of Fremont. According to the report, Hannah Kearstyn Ruegg of Seward was southbound when she encountered the animal on the roadway. It totaled her 2009 Chevy Cobalt.
Another one-vehicle crash on June 24 also took place south of Fremont on Highway 77, near County Road T. Misty Kay Leedom of Lincoln was traveling southbound in a 2017 Ford Expedition, owned by Michael Leedom of Lincoln. She reported that a turkey, flying westbound, struck the windshield. Damage was estimated to be $1,000.
A June 16 crash about 3 miles west of Ashland on County Road 8 involved a 15-year old driver. According to the report, the teenager was northbound, when he lost control on the gravel road and collided with a bridge rail. A 20-year old passenger in the vehicle was taken by medical helicopter to an Omaha hospital. The 2001 Ford Ranger, owned by Jon J. Cote of Ashland, was totaled.
Another accident near Ashland took place on June 15. Aaron Habron of Gretna was issued a citation following the crash on County Road 4 about 2.75 north of Ashland. According to the report, Habron was southbound in a 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup, approaching the intersection with Highway 66. Hebron didn’t negotiate the curve and kept driving straight, The vehicle crossed the median and went into the south ditch. The damage estimate to the pickup was $10,000.
A two-vehicle accident took place June 15 about 4.5 miles west of Wahoo on Highway 92. According to the report, David M. Wais of Rising City was eastbound in his 2007 Chevy Silverado and following a 2009 John Deere tractor driven by Michal Emil Barry of Weston. Wais stated he was attempting to pass, but then thought the tractor was going to turn left. Barry, who was pulling a field cultivator, stated he was operating his flashers and had also indicated with his turn signal he was going to turn right. Wais attempted to stop, but his brakes locked and he struck the rear of the farm equipment. The damage to the equipment was about $100, but Wais’ vehicle was listed as totaled.
A hit and run accident from earlier in June was also reported. Anne Meeusen of Weston had pulled her 2001 Ford Escape off to the side of County Road L, about 1/2 mile west of Wahoo, after experiencing mechanical issues. When she returned with help later to tow the vehicle, it had been moved into the north ditch. The report stated it appeared to have been moved by a tractor with a round bale hauler, which caused about $1,000 in damages to the vehicle. The operator of the tractor was unknown.