At around 6:14 pm, on November 23, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and Nebraska State Patrol Troopers responded to the report of a multi-vehicle accident near Mile Marker 153 on US Highway 30.
Deputies arrived and discovered that three vehicles were involved, and multiple people had sustained injuries.
An investigation showed that 68-year-old Danilo Rivera, of Los Angeles, was traveling eastbound when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a vehicle traveling in the westbound lane, driven by 53-year-old Debra Holz of Paxton. Officials say Holz’ vehicle was forced into the ditch, and Rivera’s vehicle stayed on the roadway.
An eastbound vehicle, driven by 31-year-old Melissa Kendall, of Sutherland, then struck Rivera’s vehicle.
According to deputies, Rivera suffered multiple serious injuries and was transported to Great Plains Health before being flown to a Denver-area hospital. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
It was reported that Holz and Kendall were also injured, but their injuries were deemed to be non-life threatening.
Investigators say they believe Rivera was under the influence of alcohol, but the investigation is ongoing.
No charges have been filed at this time.