OMAHA, NE – Police in Omaha responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 on Saturday night that left one of the drivers dead.
In a news release, the Omaha Police Department said officers were originally called to the exit ramp from I-80 west to 72nd Street at 7:44 p.m. on a report of a hit and run accident. Investigators determined that a Jeep Cherokee had clipped the corner of a Ford Explorer as both vehicles were westbound on the exit ramp.
The impact caused the Explorer to spin out and come to rest on the shoulder. The Jeep was initially thought to have fled but instead went off the ramp and struck a tree.
The driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead at the scene, and was identified as 65-year-old Kevin M. Lafferty of Omaha. No one else was in the vehicle. Police said Lafferty was unrestrained at the time of the crash. The driver of the Ford Explorer, 18-year-old Ana Fuertes of Omaha, was not injured.
The exit ramp to 72nd Street was shut down for about four hours as police were investigating.
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