The 24-year-old Omaha woman critically injured in an accident with a city dump truck Wednesday morning has been declared brain dead. The decision has been made to have her organs donated.
Alicia Rea rear-ended the truck at North 126th Street and West Maple Road just after 11 a.m. The impact ripped open the top of her car. She was not far from her apartment at Whispering Hills near North 109th and Maple.
The city worker driving the truck, Kevin Settles, was not injured. The head of Omaha's Public Works Department would not comment on the accident. Bob Stubbe said the crash is under investigation and the city’s thoughts are with the victim and her family.
Channel 6 News crews observed that there did not appear to be any warning devices (barrels, cones, barricades) to warn oncoming traffic that a city truck was stopped ahead.
"The vehicle was traveling westbound, the Volkswagon then collided with the back end of the dump truck that was stopped in a traffic lane doing maintenance on the side of the road,” said Omaha Police Sgt. Tony Gutierrez. “We believe the truck was stopped doing maintenance on the road."
Police said speed or alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash. When asked if the truck had its flashers on or signs up, Sgt. Gutierrez replied, "It's still under investigation."
After the crash, you could see a warning bar and hazard light flashing, though a motorist told Channel 6 News that he had almost hit the same truck a day earlier.
The westbound lanes of West Maple from 120th to 132nd were closed for about four hours.