UPDATE: Victim of deadly crash near Valley identified

Published: Feb. 26, 2017 at 7:06 PM CST
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Nineteen-year-old Tyler Cherrington of Ralston has been identified as the victim of a collision with a semi north of Valley.

Cherrington died Sunday night after a collision with a semi at intersection of Highway 275 and Highway 36. Cherrington graduated from Ralston High School in 2015. She was a student at Midland University in Fremont where she was set to graduate next spring with a degree in criminal justice. Family told WOWT 6 News she was hoping to go to the police academy, with goals of becoming a homicide detective.

According to a release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Cherrington was driving a red 2004 Buick Rainier westbound on Hwy 275 approaching Hwy 36. The preliminary investigation revealed that Cherrington's vehicle crossed the grass median into oncoming traffic and was struck on the passenger's side by a semi-truck that was traveling eastbound on Hwy 275.

Kreg Mitteis, 59, of Orchard Ne, was the driver of the semi. Cherrington was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown why Cherrington’s vehicle crossed the median. The crash is still under investigation.

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