Fatal Crash Heard, Not Seen

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

An Omaha man was killed in a crash sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Police were called to the Knolls Golf Course near 108th and Sahler streets around 7 a.m. Sunday when a woman walking their dog spotted a pickup that had crashed.

Police determined the truck was heading northbound on 108th Street when it went off the road, hit a light pole, went down an embankment, through a fence and onto the golf course where it struck a tree, killing 33-year-old Edward Murphy.

“It just kind of was a boom.” Steve Liston lives down the street from the golf course. “I thought it hit a house. It was just a crash and no squealing."

He says he heard commotion around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, but when he looked out his window he didn't see anything unusual. “There were cars going back and forth at regular speed, so I figured well, that rules out an accident because someone would be stopping or slowing down at least.”

Several other residents told Channel 6 News they also heard a loud noise sometime between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. After Murphy's body was discovered, Liston put two and two together. “It was just shocking. I saw about six cops cars right here and I thought that must have something to do with the noise I heard last night.”

Police are still working to determine the cause of the accident since there were no witnesses. Alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor. An autopsy should provide more answers.

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