A man found dead underneath an SUV Wednesday morning has been identified as 60-year-old William Larsen, the owner of the vehicle. Was he also the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident the night before?
Police say an 18-year-old driver told police an older driver hit his vehicle at 114th and Dodge just before 10 p.m. Tuesday. The younger driver called 911 and said the man seemed to be intoxicated when he got out of his SUV. He asked the teen if he had insurance, then got back in the SUV and took off. The teen took off right behind him even though the 911 operator told him not to do that. The teen ended the chase, but about eight hours later the case took another turn when the SUV was found parked at Democracy Park near 87th and Fort.
“When officers arrived they found a body that was pinned underneath the vehicle,” said Omaha Police Sgt. Scott Timperley. “They called the Omaha Fire Department and they had pronounced him deceased. It appears that it was an accidental death, possibly the vehicle trapped him because of weather conditions overnight, possibly succumbed to exposure."
Now police have a vehicle, but no suspect in the hit-and-run case. “We cannot say whether it is the same driver or not, but the vehicle was reported being involved in a hit-and-run about 10 o’clock last evening," said Sgt. Timperley. Police do not believe foul play was involved in his death.
“He was a wonderful guy, do anything for you, always has,” said Melissa Manning, a friend of Larsen’s. “He's been like my brother for 33 years, there’s nothing he wouldn't do for you if he could.” Manning said Larson has family in the area.