Families Of Injured Teens Speak Out

By: WOWT 6 News Email
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Two teenagers remain hospitalized following a crash that killed 15-year-old Nate LaFave Friday. The families of the two girls said they are devastated by what happened.

Friday evening, the three teenagers were in a Jeep that collided with a pickup at 180th and Highway 370. The driver, 16-year-old Madeline Shely of Elkhorn, remains in serious condition. A passenger in her vehicle, 15-year-old Carly Anne Kelly of Omaha, is listed in critical condition. LaFave was taken to the hospital were he later died.

The driver of the pickup was not hurt. Sarpy County deputies are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Drivers have been critical of the wide intersection where the deadly crash happened. Some say it’s tough to cross; that perhaps lights are needed to control traffic.

In a written statement, the family of Kelly said, "We are absolutely devastated with what has happened, but are sincerely grateful for everyone's thoughts and prayers."

Nathan LaFave

Shely's family also issued a written statement. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the LaFave family. Nate was an extraordinary young man whom Maddie loved dearly. We appreciate all the continued prayers for both Maddie and Carly during this difficult time. We would especially like to thank those first on the scene, including the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident, for his quick thinking during what must have been a horrific experience. We also appreciate the extraordinary care given by the critical care team at the med center. If anything positive could come out of this, we would like to see some changes at the intersection to prevent further loss of life."

Fifteen-year-old Nate LaFave was one of Elkhorn Mt. Michael's best. He even promoted the school and encourged others to attend.

Mt. Michael's David Peters said, "He was one of our sophmores, on our cross country team and just a well-rounded kid; great kid. Everybody loved this young man."

Counselors spoke with teachers and students at Mt. Michael Monday to remind them all of just how precisous life is.

Peters said, "We all know teenagers believe they can do some things but there are limitations and they need to realize that they need to take more care. We've always told them to be very careful. We said that this morning, how fragile life is."

LaFave's wake and viewing will be at St. Stephen the Martyr at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and the funeral is also scheduled there at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. St. Stephens is located near 168th and S streets.

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