Fatal Crash Remains Under Investigation


Omaha Police accident investigators continue to reconstruct the Sunday crash that left Preston Turner dead.

No decisions have yet been made regarding who was at fault. Investigators tell WOWT 6 News it will likely be a decision left to the Douglas County Attorney.

The 26-year-old Turner wanted to be a police officer. Sunday night he was doing a favor for a friend who had been stopped by police. The motorcycle was going to be impounded unless a friend came and take the bike.

That friend was Preston. His family says that friendship must have trumped two things he normally wouldn't do: ride at night and ride in rainy weather.

The car that hit him was driven by an 83-year-old man.

There’s no shortage of older drivers in Nebraska. There are nearly 66,000 who are licensed drivers in the state.

That age bracket is usually in 15 to 20 fatal crashes every year but last year that number was four.

We asked Omaha’s Nicole Thomas about the tough call she might have to make one day to take the keys away from a parent.

She said, “I would have to step up to make the call for their safety and the safety of others. If the time comes, I would have to sit down and talk with them."

Her stepdad acknowledges the uphill climb faced by many children who have the conversation that can take away the keys to independence.

Byron Thompson of Omaha said, "There's a big independence factor but the safety factor is a very valid point."

Over the past three months in the metro there have been two fatal crashes involving drivers over the age of 80. In March, 82-year-old Ruth Jeffers hit and killed Jim Johnston who was riding his bicycle on 260th and Center. Johnston was driving in the opposite direction when she passed a car and struck him.

The driver of the car in Sunday's crash is 83-year-old Hugh Williams. Omaha Police accident reconstruction teams haven't yet finished their investigation. Officers have not said who had the right of way.

In Nebraska there is no requirement to take a driving test as we get older. The state examiners make the call. When we reach the age of 72 we have to go into the DMV in person. We cannot renew the license online.

If you have a neighbor or a parent or someone you feel needs to be tested there's a form on the DMV Web site you can fill out and the state will investigate.


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