Update: Charges Filed Against Hit & Run Suspect


The Douglas County Attorney has filed charges against the man arrested in connection to a deadly hit and run crash.

Jefferson Potter is charged with manslaughter, theft by unlawful taking, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. At the time of the crash Friday, Potter was on parole.

He is expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday morning.

On Friday, Potter allegedly stole a truck and trailer from a lawn care company in the area of 33rd and Arbor. Later the same day, witnesses reported Potter was driving erratically and speeding when he collided with a vehicle driven by Ryan Ashburn at Saddle Creek and Leavenworth. The passenger in Ashburn's vehicle, Jennifer Siemens was killed.

Potter allegedly tried to run from the scene; however, several witnesses to the crash chased him and held him until police arrived.



Posted June 10, 2013


Bystanders stop a suspect in a fatal hit and run crash from escaping.
Mike Jasa was one of the two witnesses who ran after tackled and held 28-year-old Jefferson Potter after he crashed a stolen vehicle into three vehicles on Friday. The crash killed 28-year-old Jennifer Siemiens.

Police arrived and discovered that Potter was carrying a loaded handgun in his back pocket, " I'm glad i didn't know that before hand , said Jasa.

Jasa says he reacted on instinct and he thinks he might have been a little more hesitant if he knew Potter had a gun.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WOWT NBC Omaha 3501 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 346-6666 sixonline@wowt.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 210890181