Four people crossing streets in Omaha have been hit by cars in four days. The most recent accident occurred Monday morning around 11 a.m. when a bicyclist was struck in the area of 50th and Farnam.
WOWT 6 News talked with a neighbor Monday who saw the aftermath of the accident that morning. Pat Schneider said, “I heard a collision it didn’t hear like two cars hitting and then I just heard some guy yelling at the top of his lungs. When I looked out the window here I saw him in the intersection in a fetal position holding his legs… he was in a lot of pain."
Omaha Police said at 11:15 a.m. Sunday a 1997 Nissan Maxima driven by 24-year-old Elizabeth R. Gastineau, was heading eastbound on Farnam St. As the vehicle turned left onto northbound 50 St., it struck a bicyclist that was westbound on Farnam. The cyclist, identified as 23-year-old Michael P. Mcek, was transported to CUMC.
Schneider said, "I took a look at his leg. It looked like he had a compound fracture. His ankle looked like it might have been dislocated – some abrasions on his legs, quite a few bruises. He was in the fetal position holding his leg up and he was in a lot of pain."
Schneider said the road his house sits on, where the accident occurred, has been problematic for a while. "This road changes directions 4 times a day. When I moved in here 20 years ago I tried to get them to make it 2 lanes – it becomes a speedway from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The speed here is in excess 40 to 50 miles they’re just flying through here."
This accident was just one of several over the past weekend. Each accident occurred in areas with relatively heavy traffic.
Omaha police said sun glare is to blame for a crash that has one man fighting for his life.
Kimberly Griffith was driving westbound on Cuming Street around 7:30 PM Sunday night. She struck Todd Dolezal, who was crossing Cuming on 17th Street.
Dolezal was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center with a severe head injury.
Griffith told police she couldn't see Dolezal. It's unlikely she will face charges.
Police are still searching for the driver responsible for a deadly hit-and-run accident in Omaha on Friday, Sept. 21.
In that accident, 56-year-old David Yost was struck by a southbound dark creme or light tan older model Toyota or Honda Civic at South 24th and J streets just before 10 p.m. The man hit was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The only description of the driver is a man wearing a hat.
An Omaha woman was also hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit by a car Friday night.
Police said a car heading northbound on South 24th Street around 9 p.m. struck the woman as she was crossing at Jones Street. There is no crosswalk at that location.
Forty-six-year-old Diana Rader was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center for treatment of a collapsed lung, broken ribs and several bone fractures. The Medical Center confirmed as of Monday night she is still in serious condition. The driver was not injured.