Distracted Driving Blamed For Crash, Woman Critically Hurt

By: Gary Smollen, Mike McKnight Email
By: Gary Smollen, Mike McKnight Email

A distracted driver is blamed for causing an accident near the Douglas-Washington County line northwest of Omaha Saturday afternoon.

Douglas County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Marty Bilek said 17-year-old Justin Mahon was driving a pickup northbound on Highway 133 around 4 p.m. when he reached down to change the radio station, not realizing vehicles ahead had slowed down because someone was making a left turn.

Once Mahon noticed the traffic, he swerved into the southbound lane and hit an oncoming pickup driven by 20-year-old Bailey Heaton of Chadron. She was taken by medical helicopter to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition.

Mahon was hospitalized with less serious injuries.

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