Update: Deadly Sarpy County Crash
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One person was killed and another was seriously hurt after an early morning car and motorcycle crash in Sarpy County.
It happened a little after 7:45 Friday morning near 132nd and Lillian outside the South Ridge Neighborhood.
Investigators think the motorcyclist lost control of his bike while speeding and crashed into the driver’s side door of an oncoming vehicle. Authorities are still investigating exactly what caused the crash.
27-year-old Joshua Price of Bellevue died at the scene. Authorities used the jaws of life to save the driver he hit. She went to the hospital in serious condition.
The night before the crash, Nebraska State Patrol clocked 20-year-old Benjamin Maenner exceeding speeds of 130 miles an hour on his bike. State patrol helicopter followed the rider for seven minutes as he zoomed on the Dodge expressway, finally going home where officers ticketed him. Authorities said, often times, the only way to catch a speeding criminal is from the air.
Sheriff's Captain Randy Furby said typically riders of sport cycles will speed because that's what the bikes are designed for and road patrol doesn't follow, "As much as we'd like to stop them, we're not going to kill someone over it."
Nebraska state patrol, police and the sheriff's office generally do not pursue a speeding biker because they said it's an accident waiting to happen. "You kind of hope that if you stay off of them, they'll slow down because it's not only them being put in danger, it's the innocent citizen driving," said Furby.