The motorcyclist killed in a crash in Sarpy County Friday morning has been identified.
According to the Sheriff's Department, 27-year-old Joshua Price of Bellevue, was heading southbound on South 132nd Street when he lost control, crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming car near Lillian Street shortly after 7:30 a.m. That's south of Harrison Street and north of Interstate-80.
The impact split the motorcycle in half. Price was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, 53-year-old Lynda Johns of Omaha, had to be extricated from the wreckage. She was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in serious condition.
“I saw the motorcycle driver coming towards us at a high rate of speed, swerving back and forth, you could tell he didn't have control of his bike,” said witness Amy Adair, who was taking her daughter to day care. "He had shorts and a T-shirt and he did have his helmet on. Saw him hit the curb and the dirt, the gravel went flying, then saw his motorcycle on fire.”
Authorities say the motorcyclist couldn't handle the bike at the speed he was going. “When you lose control it's really bad, there's not as much tire on the cement so you are going to have less traction than in a car,” said Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Randy Furby.
Christine Proctor's house is adjacent to the crash scene and she immediately knew something was wrong.
“I heard the screeching, I looked over and I saw the car, the motorcycle went up, hit the car in the windshield, half of it flew this way, the other half flew across and then he was laying in the middle. I went over and there was another lady talking to the person in the car and then I walked down further and I could see the guy laying in the street, he was just laying with his hands over his head and he was just laying there and not moving at all or anything.”