Deputy County Attorney: Evidence shows alcohol was behind fatal crash

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SARPY COUNTY, Neb. (WOWT) -- Deputy Sarpy County Attorney tells 6 News alcohol is likely to be a factor in a crash that killed a teen Wednesday night.

Alexandra Linscott, 15, of Eagle, Nebraska was killed in the crash. Elisa Linscott, Alexandra’s mother, was injured. The driver of the second vehicle, also injured, was 22-year-old Paige Seaton.

Deputy Sarpy County Attorney Ben Perlman was on the scene near Highway 50 and Riha Road for the crash investigation.

Perlman told 6 News, “The driver of the vehicle going northbound was traveling in the southbound lane – that caused a head on crash with the car traveling southbound.”

Investigators with the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department say Paige Seaton was driving northbound.

"Investigators obtained a search warrant and her blood was taken in a short amount of time after the crash,” said Perlman. “It will be analyzed and depending on the results of that will be a big factor in how things move forward.”

Investigators with the Sarpy County Sheriff's Department say the vehicles collided nearly head-on. Elisa Linscott remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

"There is a lot of evidence alcohol was behind this crash,” he said. “I will wait to see what the investigation tells us but it appears to be a major factor in this crash."

Court records show Seaton is currently on probation after being pulled over in April for DUI near her Omaha home. In the previous DUI case, Seaton was almost twice the legal limit. Her license was revoked for 60 days and she was put on probation for 9 months.

Omaha City Prosecutor Matt Kuhse says there's two scenarios that would violate Seaton's probation.

“Was she consuming alcohol? Two is: Will she subsequently be charged by the Sarpy County Attorney's Office with a criminal offense?” said Kuhse.

The busy Springfield road was still littered in debris 24 hours after the deadly crash. Springfield residents say something must be done to prevent more accidents from happening on that road.

“This highway is extremely dangerous. There's always accidents. And a lot of accidents in that very same location,” a woman who lives in the area told 6 News.

The woman who spoke with 6 News didn’t want to go on camera but says the curvy stretch of road is an accident waiting to happen.

“There's no passing lanes. It's just not a great passing lane anywhere. There's not a great shoulder. It's just very dangerous,” she said.

The investigation is ongoing.