Accidents claimed seven lives on Nebraska roads over the weekend. The first happened about 3:45 p.m. Saturday two miles north of Syracuse.
Wilma Benash, 45, of Filley and Audree Benash, 72, of Beatrice died when a pickup crossed the center line into the path of their Chrysler New Yorker, according to Chief Deputy Mike Holland, of the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office.
He said 20-year-old Christopher Halvorsen of rural Syracuse had been heading north on Nebraska 50 in a Chevrolet pickup when he hit the car Wilma Benash was driving. The women had been wearing seat belts.
Two passengers in the car — 50-year-old Dennis Benash of Filley and 42-year-old Mark Benash of Plymouth — were injured and taken to Bryan LGH Medical Center West in Lincoln. They had not been wearing seat belts.
Halvorsen, who was taken to Syracuse Community Memorial Hospital, hadn’t been wearing a seat belt either.
Holland said it had not been determined if alcohol was a factor in the crash. He said reports would be forwarded to the Otoe County Attorney to determine in any charges were appropriate.
Saturday night about 10:45, two people died on the side of a blacktop county road south of Craig when a motorcycle left the road and crashed in a bean field.
Corie Voskamp, 36, of Craig and Angela Schroeder, 39, of Arlington died of their injuries at the scene, according to the Burt County Sheriff’s Office.
Neither had been wearing helmets.
Early Sunday, a 22-year-old man and 30-year-old woman, both of Chappell, died in an accident southeast of the Panhandle town.
Capt. Tom Parker of the Nebraska State Patrol’s Scottsbluff office said Chance Hatfield, 22, and Tonia Gordon, 30, were thrown from Hatfield’s Chevy Blazer when he lost control and the vehicle rolled several times.
The accident happened about 2 a.m. on Nebraska 27, about a mile north of Interstate 80.
Parker said Hatfield, Gordon and 23-year-old Aaron Stegman, a second passenger, were taken to the Sedgwick County Memorial Hospital in nearby Julesburg, Colo, where Hatfield was pronounced dead.
Gordon was taken by helicopter to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, where she died Sunday night, Parker said.
Stegman, who had been wearing a seat belt, was treated and released.
Sunday night, a 57-year-old Steele City man died when he left the road while driving a motorcycle and was thrown from it east of Odell on Nebraska 8.
David Brown’s helmet was lost during the accident, according to Sgt. Bruce Slaven of the Gage County Sheriff’s Office.
He died at the scene of the 6 p.m. accident.
Traffic on Nebraska 8 near Odell was closed for 3½ hours.
Slaven said the investigation into the accident was continuing.
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