Death Investigation Into Crash Link

Investigation into whether a recent death of a Plattsmouth woman is linked to crash she was involved in a few days previous to when she died.

A woman was found dead in her home south of Plattsmouth Friday morning. An autopsy was ordered. Authorities can then determine if injuries from a traffic accident were the cause of death or not.

The Cassgram reports Murray Rescue and Plattsmouth EMS were responding to the report of an unresponsive party not breathing on Friday. LifeNet helicopter was alerted. Dispatch reports said CPR instructions were being given to the reporting party. A sheriff’s deputy then arrived on scene and informed rescue the woman was deceased and the urgent response was not needed.

Cass County Sheriff Wm C. Brueggemann said Terry L. Beins, 54, was found on the floor next to her bed. The investigation indicated that she had prior health issues including a surgery in April. She was also involved in an injury collision at Highway 75 and Bay Road on Wednesday, August 6, less than 48 hours before her death. In the accident in the northbound detour lane in the construction zone, Beins’ 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was struck on the driver’s door by a Chevy Spark hatchback.

County Attorney Nathan Cox ordered the autopsy.

Brueggemann said the investigation is ongoing.

The rush of highway traffic with speeds of 50 mph through the detour along Highway 75 at Bay Road is how the Nebraska Department of Roads designed the flow of traffic around construction. The highway is one of the major roads out of but also into Plattsmouth.

"Because it's unnatural, I mean we are used to being able to just keep on cruising through that area and now there is a four way intersection that we are not familiar with,” Angie Yost said.

It’s in downtown Plattsmouth we find Yost, putting the finishing touches on her brand new corner store, Lipstick Stain Boutique, it's set to open Monday. As a commuter however facing this intersection daily, the concern is that drives just aren't aware.

"That's a thirty minute commute until you get to Omaha for a lot of people and I’m sure there is a fair amount of spacing off, that your normal routine would be starting thinking about your day, what I have going on and when all of the sudden you've got this new intersection,” Yost said.

The detour is causing some problems. Plattsmouth City Councilman Patrick Dugan explained within the last month, basically when the road was detoured from under to over Bay Road, accidents have piled up, even turning tragic. The crash on Wednesday happened because according to investigators, an eastbound Chevy collided with a northbound Jeep driven by Terry Beins. She passed away Friday according Dugan; from complications possibly due to the accident.

"I’m sorry that it had to happen because it didn't have to happen my heart goes out to them, my prayers are with them, I know the family, it is just heart breaking it was something that didn't need to happen,” Dugan said.

Now, Dugan is calling for action, to be heard by the NDOR and to get the mayor involved to fix the problem. "That's what I hear all day long, they hate to come through this intersection because it is dangerous,” Dugan said.

Dugan said based on preliminary reports from the NDOR, the detour across the on and off ramps should last another 6 to 7 months.

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