Two Omahans Killed in Crash Near West Point

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An Omaha couple died in a tragic accident over the weekend. They leave behind seven children.

Their bodies were just discovered this morning near West Point.
"The deputy showed up at my house this morning to say that they had found them and that they were gone." cries Frank Pivonka's sister, Gina Ndong Engohang.

Frank's sisters, Gina and Brenda, are heartbroken. Their brother and sister-in-law never made it home after a concert Saturday night.

The family says they loved to travel to listen to friend's bands. At times, they would stay in a hotel and come home the next day. When they hadn't heard from them by Sunday afternoon, they reported them missing to police.

Cathy Cattlett, Yvonne's sister, says, "They came over and suggested we ping the phones to locate them. Then this morning they got the connection and found them."

It was just outside of West Point where police found the couple's SUV. It was in an area with lots of trees. The family had actually driven by the same spot when they were out searching for them.

"We drove past that same spot twice we didn't even couldn't even see." said Frank's sister, Brenda.

The couple were thrown from the SUV and died at the scene.

Their family will never be the same.

"They have seven children ranging from 20 all the way down to 3. They were all about their kids, they loved their kids." said Cathy.

Frank and Yvonne met in Omaha when they were just teens...

" Age 14, yeah they met...just those two..." said Gina and Brenda.

The family says the couple had a unique, but wonderful, love story. Music was a huge part of their world. Frank loved to sing and follow bands.

" There were so many bands that were just part of his life. He was really into that."

Yvonne always supported him.

Now, as the family struggles with their loss, they are just trying to help Frank and Yvonne's seven kids get through this.

They couldn't be more thankful of the support that is pouring in from so many who knew-and loved--the Pivonka's.

"It is nice to know there are so many good people out there who are concerned...they would have done the same...and have." said Gina.

"It's been horribly tough." said Brenda.


The Cuming County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a traffic accident that took the lives of two Omahans. They are identified as 41-year-old Franklin J. Pivonka and 40-year-old Yvonne E. Pivonka.

The crash happened two miles south of West Point, Nebraska on Highway 275 near County Road E on Sunday morning. Authorities were called to the scene at 5:20 a.m. Monday.

Investigators say the Pivonkas' SUV was southbound on Highway 275 when the driver lost control, the vehicle crashed into a ditch and rolled several times. Authorities have not said who was driving.

According to the sheriff’s department, both victims were thrown from the vehicle and both were pronounced dead at the scene.

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