Posted April 30, 2012
A crash Saturday afternoon took the lives of an Omaha woman and her unborn baby.
A key witness opens up about what happened and the lasting impact it will have on the neighborhood.
Mike, who didn’t want his last name used or his face shown on camera says he’s speaking out to Channel Six News to set the record straight.
“It was a huge collision but it's almost like standing I could feel it. The impact was so severe I felt it this far away.”
27-year-old Tamika Brown was driving eastbound on Decatur Street to see her son, Decontrey, who had just been rushed to a hospital. He was hit by a car at Blondo and Davis Circle.
Mike says he saw Brown drive through one stop sign and then another, crashing into a white van.
“By the time I could pull into my driveway and get out, the car had cleared the top of the hill and it had to have been doing 50 to 60 miles an hour.”
The collision killed Decontrey’s babysitter, 27-year-old Delaine Harris.
Witnesses tell Channel Six News that the collision had so much impact that Borwn’s SUV actually went airborne before hitting a tree stump in the intersection.
Mike feels bad about what happened, but fears more people could have died because of Brown's driving.
“I wouldn't want my children or my grandkids to be hit by a car, but I think you have to be a responsible driver.”
“If your that upset ask someone to drive you to the hospital. There are other things to do then get in an automobile that can literally be a weapon.”
Investigators have yet to say if there will be charges filed against Tamika Brown. Some of the possible charges include failing to yield a stop sign, careless driving, and vehicular homicide.
An Omaha woman who died of her accident injuries Saturday afternoon was on her way to the hospital with the mother of a boy who was hit by a car less than 40 minutes earlier.
Police say 11-year-old Decontrey Brown ran out into traffic and was struck by a vehicle at Blondo Street and Davis Circle just after 12 p.m. He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center to be treated for a concussion and abrasions to his face.
Just before 1 p.m., an SUV heading eastbound on Decatur ran a stop sign at 50th Street and struck a northbound van. The SUV then hit a tree stump and overturned. A passenger in the SUV was taken to CUMC were she died.
Twenty-seven-year-old Delaine Harris was Decontrey Brown's baby-sitter. She was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the SUV, which came to rest on top of her.
Harris had notified Decontrey's mother, 27-year-old Tamika Brown, who was at work, about the boy's accident. Tamika went to Blondo and Davis Circle to pick up Harris and other children in her SUV. They were on their way to Creighton University Medical Center to see Decontrey when they were involved in the collision at 50th and Decatur.
Tamika suffered minor head and leg injuries. The three children in the SUV were taken to CUMC to be treated for minor injuries. Arleena Smith was in the SUV at the time of the crash. "I get out safely, all of us get out safely and I look back for Delaine and all I can see is her laying there, half her body underneath the car shaking."
Katti Suter was one of the first on the scene. "Once I got up there kids were just crawling out of the car (SUV) and then the woman who was still trapped under there. When she wasn't responding I knew it as pretty bad. I didn't know how bad it would end up being."
Harris leaves behind two children. Her family says she was three months into her third pregnancy.
The driver of the van, 51-year-old Hassan Sahal of Omaha, suffered minor head injuries.
There were two other accidents earlier on Saturday. A driver was taken to the hospital to be checked after police say she rear-ended a car stopped at a light at 160th Street and West Center Road just after 3 a.m. The woman, believed to be in her 30s, did not appear to be seriously hurt.
Around 12:15 p.m., a 5-year-old boy crossed the street at 64th and Maple to go after a ball. When he ran back across the street he was hit by a car. Isaiah Hascall suffered a broken leg, rib and clavicle. The driver was not cited.