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Three accidents in Wauneta area in past week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:05

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta area has seen three vehicle accidents in the past week–one single vehicle injury accident, a hit and run and a non-injury two-car accident. Luckily, none of the individuals involved have sustained serious injuries.


Injury accident

Thursday, May 8 three Wauneta-Palisade students were driving south of Wauneta when the 1983 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by William Straub, 16, rolled. A friend of Straub said two passengers, Joseph Sramek and Stephanie Acosta, were in the pickup at the time of the accident.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol the accident occurred at 3:41 p.m. MT. Straub’s family member indicated the trio was traveling south on Avenue 346 and turned east onto 724 Road. Shortly after turning onto 724 Road the pickup rolled.

The three passengers sustained head and neck injuries and were transported to the Chase County Community Hospital, according to Nebraska State Patrol representatives.

Family members stated all three were released from the hospital that night. Straub sustained stitches over his scalp and eye, Sramek and Acosta had scratches on their faces. The Nebraska State Patrol did not list a possible cause for the accident. Straub was cited with reckless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.


Hit and run

The morning of Wednesday, May 7 employees of Wauneta Crossroads noticed that someone had hit the vent pipes for their fuel tanks, which are located south of the diesel pumps in front of the store. After reviewed security camera footage they saw that a semi had hit the pipes at approximately 10:10 p.m. MT on Tuesday, May 6.

Crossroads employees alerted the Chase County Sheriff’s office of the accident Wednesday morning. Deputy Mike Dukes investigated the accident and discovered the truck in question was still in Wauneta Wednesday morning.

Ivan Johnson, 61, of Fort Stockton, Texas, was issued a citation for failure to stop and report an accident. Dukes estimates $1,500 to $1,800 in damage was sustained to the vent pipes. Johnson was driving truck for Lashley Trucking in Trenton.


Fender bender Tuesday

The Chase County Sheriff’s office received a call at 8:13 a.m. MT Tuesday morning, May 13 that there had been a two-vehicle accident in Wauneta.

Cody Barrett, 16, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet S10 westbound on Cheyenne Street and Lorenzo Cavanaugh, 18, was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on Falls Drive.

As the pair turned the corner the driver-side front ends of their vehicles struck. No injuries were sustained in the accident. Deputy Dukes estimates $800 in damage on Barrett’s S10 and $2,000 damage on Cavanaugh’s Grand Prix. No citations were issued in the accident.