Men Killed in Icy Crash Officially Identified

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Four men killed in a crash near Waterloo on Friday morning have been identified by authorities.

The four men were killed when a car collided head-on with a pickup. Investigators said fog and icy road conditions contributed to the crash.

All of the men are believed to be originally from Guatemala and working in the U.S. to provide for their families there.

All four lived in Fremont and worked at a packing plant in South Omaha under assumed names.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department has identified the men as 35-year-old Manuel Leon Lopez, 20-year-old Pedro Soc Ortiz, 19-year-old Gabriel Ralias Juarez and 29-year-old Mario Alvarez Simaj.

Authorities are attempting to get in contact with family in Guatemala from the consulate.

The driver of the pickup involved in the crash, 64-year-old Douglas Nowicki of Waterloo, was taken by medical helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in fair condition.

A second crash happened Friday near Highway 275 and Blondo. Both scenes were close to where 48-year-old Tammy Harris of Valley was killed in a crash Thursday morning. Fog and icy road conditions were also factors in that accident.

"This is kind of a strange time of the year," said Chief Deputy Bilek. "You've got unseasonably warm temperatures and fog, humid conditions at sunrise, but the streets are still about freezing, 32 degrees."

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