Omaha Police Still Looking For Hit And Run Suspect

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Investigators are working around the clock, searching for the man they say caused a crash at 90th and Pacific Monday afternoon.

Colleen Kreps was parked on 90th Street at the traffic light and was one of the cars hit after the crash.

“I was dumbfounded, just amazed watching it all,” says Kreps.

Police say a Toyota Sequoia was driving through the 90th Street intersection when it was hit by a Chevy Avalanche driving southbound and running a red light.

“The Avalanche went through the red light, hit the Sequoia and they both did a three-sixty which hit the red car and then it backed up into the other car,” says Kreps.

The vehicles then hit Kreps car and a mini van that were stopped at the intersection.

The male driver and female passenger jumped from the Chevy Avalanche and ran off, while three people were treated at a nearby hospital for injuries.

The woman turned herself into police hours later, but police are still looking for the driver.

About 3600 hit and run crashes are reported to the Omaha Police Accident Unit every year. On average that’s almost ten hit and run accidents each day.

Sgt. Joe Collins says the accident investigation squadwith help from the fugitive task force have been working tips nonstop since the crash.

“You would believe common decency would be to stop and check to ensure you didn't hurt somebody,” says Collins.

But now the hit and run suspect went from just being issued a citation to being charged for a felony for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. The suspect police are looking for already has a felony warrant for theft.

“The best thing would be to face the music it's not going to go away, turn yourself in,” says Collins.

43-year old Peter Widhalm is in stable condition at Creighton University Medical Center.


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