32-year-old driver died after hitting tree, officials say

32-year-old driver died after hitting tree, officials say

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OMAHA — Authorities say a driver died when his car rammed into a tree near 46th Street and Ames Avenue in northeast Omaha.

The accident occurred at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday. Police say the eastbound car ran off a roadway and rolled before hitting the tree. Police say speed and alcohol use are being investigated as contributing factors.

The driver was identified as 32-year-old Vernon Welchen Jr., who lived in Omaha.

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