Ceremony honors crash victim as accident investigation presses on

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GRETNA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A metro community came together Saturday to honor Alexandria Minardi, one of the four Gretna teens killed in a horrific car crash in June as authorities continued investigating what led up to the accident.

The Gretna community gathered at the North Park ballfields across from the high school where Alexandira Minardi would have begun her junior year next week.

Gretna High Dance Coach Missy Cobb said, “Her energy, her smile, and her leadership is irreplaceable. Jst continue to keep her memory alive."

People who knew or had crossed paths with Alexandrea released balloons on what would've been the girl's 16th birthday.

In addition to Minardi's death, the crash took the lives of Abigail Barth, 16, Kloe Odermatt, 16, and Addisyn Pfeifer, 16. Roan Brandon, 15, was the lone survivor of the crash.
The accident happened on Platteview Road near 180th Street around 11 p.m. on June 17th. Their car hit a guardrail at high speed and caught fire.

A forensic exam found all the girls, with the exception of Pfeiffer, tested positive for alcohol.

Those results were released a month ago and the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office is still trying to pin down who provided alcohol to the teen girls.

Chris Wagner, with Project Extra Mile, said. “I have no doubt that they're doing everything they can to make sure that the people who provided the alcohol are held responsible for their actions."

Sarpy County detectives and other agencies hit Papillion and Bellevue businesses over the weekend and stopped at over 100 places in Gretna in compliance checks for alcohol sales.

An under-aged informant with the operation told 6 News he was served by two restaurants in Gretna.

“I asked for my Bud Light and they checked my ID and still gave me a drink."

The mission is to prevent all minors from getting their hands on alcohol, shutting down adult suppliers before they have the chance – the best way to ensure these tragic deaths don't happen again.

Wagner said, “You definitely have to trace that back to the adult source because so often our community chooses to focus on the teenagers and the decisions they make but we need to understand that without the cooperation of adults they wouldn't be able to make that choice."

The results of the compliance checks from this weekend were scheduled to be released on Sunday.

The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office says a $14,000 reward is being offered for any information that could lead to an arrest in the Gretna teens' case.

If you have information, contact Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at (402) 592-7867.

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