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Omaha man charged in fatal four-car crash in November

Bond set for $10,000
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 3:17 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A 55-year-old Omaha man was arrested over the weekend for charges relating to a fatal crash in west Omaha that left a 78-year-old woman dead days after Thanksgiving.

Gerard Skutnik was taken into custody Sunday after a warrant for his arrest was issued Saturday. He is charged with willful and reckless motor-vehicle homicide.

Douglas County Court documents show that the car’s airbag control mechanism revealed he was driving about 97 miles per hour. The crash happened in a 45-mph zone.

Gerard Skutnik
Gerard Skutnik(Omaha Police Department)

Omaha Police reported Nov. 29 that Patricia Brinkman of Omaha died at the scene after the Malibu she was driving was hit from behind at about 10:50 a.m. by a speeding Toyota Tundra, driven by Skutnik, was stopped at the intersection of 144th Street and Eldorado Drive.

According to court documents, Brinkman’s Malibu, an Equinox, and a BMW were stopped at a red light at Eldorado Drive, heading south on 144th Street. Skutnik was also headed south in the right lane of 144th Street when he passed three stopped vehicles at the intersection on his left, before colliding with Brinkman’s vehicle, setting off the other collisions at the intersection. Another driver was injured in the crash, police and court documents state.

At his court appearance Tuesday, Skutnik waived his preliminary hearing so the case will go to trial. Bond was set at $10,000.

Correction: A previous version of this story had an incorrect date for the crash. 6 News regrets the error.

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