A Logan, Iowa woman was killed in a crash just east of town on Highway 30 Thursday night.
An eastbound SUV crossed the center line and struck a westbound SUV just after 8 p.m.
The driver of the vehicle hit, 45-year-old Jody Lynne Hustak, was pronounced dead at the scene. Hustak had worked at the Omaha World Herald for the last 23 years. The advertising office manager leaves behind a husband and two sons.
Emergency crews used the Jaws of Life to free the other driver, 19-year-old Connor James Hemer of Odebolt, Iowa. He was taken by medical helicopter to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center for treatment. His family has asked that information about his condition not be released publicly.
Investigators believe that Herner's vehicle crossed the center line, colliding with Hustak and causing her vehicle to end up in a ditch.
Joel Long, Director of Communications with the Omaha World Herald, spoke to WOWT 6 News reporter Brian Mastre about the loss of their long-time employee.
Long said that crisis counselors were on hand on Friday to help employees dealing with Hustak's death. "It’s quite a blow,” he said.
Long said Jody thought the world of her two boys and was en route to pick one of them up when the crash happened. "She was a great mother."
Employees who knew Jody are doing what they can to cope, “I think a lot of the healing was just sharing amongst ourselves the good things about Jody and celebrating her life. The things that made us smile about her. It’s a tough loss," said Long.
"There’s going to be grieving and it’s good to grieve, it’s good to cry, it’s good to hug. Then I guess, you pick up and you carry on. I think that’s what Jody would want us to do.”