Two Teens Killed In Crash

A deadly two-vehicle traffic accident claimed the life of a second teenager Wednesday. The victims were just blocks from home Tuesday night when the crash happened at 222nd and West Center Road.

Fifteen-year-old Nick Alfrey died at the scene and 15-year-old Kayla Wilkins died in the hospital Wednesday morning.

Investigators say that Alfrey and Wilkins were riding in a car driven by 16-year-old Cori Stigge when the vehicle pulled in front of a pickup truck driven by 57-year-old Kenneth Chmelka around 9 p.m.

Miss Stigge and Mr. Chmelka were treated for injuries and released from the hospital.

Students and parents headed to Elkhorn High School as word of the accident spread. A crisis team talked with students until 2:45 Wednesday morning and the counselors were back in the high school at 6:45.

Mourners also gathered at Christ Community Church to attend a memorial for Nick and Kayla.

Pastor Kip Nanninga says, "We had about 30 students who just shared, shared some great moments from Nick and Kayla's life."

The church opened its doors to the community and opened up the chapel, which holds 300 people. They quickly had to move to the main sanctuary to have enough room.

Nick Alfrey's funeral and visitation will be at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church. Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 7 with a youth service at 4. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:30.

Kayla Wilkins' visitation and funeral will be at Christ Community Church. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6. The funeral will be Monday at 10.

Students who want to attend will be excused from school.

The crash remains under investigation.


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