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Fatal Crash Investigation C3004480

Date: June 18, 2023
For More Information: Captain Tommy Trotter, ttrotter@lancaster.ne.gov

On Saturday, June 17, 2023, at approximately 2036 hours, the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office along with Southwest Fire and Rescue were called to a report of a single vehicle traffic crash in the 11000 block of South 14th Street, just north of Saltillo Road. The preliminary investigation reveals that a northbound 1953 Chevy 2-door left the roadway entering the east ditch as the driver lost control. The vehicle then came to rest colliding with a wooden utility pole.

The driver and lone occupant, 20 year-old Alexander M. Schoneweis of Lincoln, was extricated from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the crash. Next of kin have been notified.

A lap seatbelt was in use during the crash. The vehicle was not equipped with any airbags or other crash safety equipment. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected but speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

South 14th Street was closed for several hours during the investigation and electric power was briefly disconnected in the area by workers from Lincoln Electric System for the safety of rescue personnel. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office crash reconstruction team.

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