BEATRICE – Gage County Sheriff’s investigators have released details on two injury accidents happening last Friday and Saturday.
One of the mishaps involved an all-terrain vehicle, in the rural Blue Springs area. The other involved a driver arrested for impairment.
Officers were sent to Beatrice Community Hospital on a report of an ATV rollover. They learned the operator, 23-year-old Dakotah Houseman of Wymore, was driving a 2007 Can-Am eastbound on the B-Line Road east of Blue Springs at around 3:19 a.m. Saturday, when a deer jumped onto the roadway.
The ATV went out-of-control and off the roadway, where it struck a culvert and went airborne. A female passenger was injured and taken to the Beatrice hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators say neither rider was wearing a helmet.
Friday night at about 11:35, sheriff’s deputies, Beatrice city and rural fire personnel were sent to a single vehicle accident at Nebraska Highway 4 and West Juniper Road, near the Homestead National Monument. Investigators determined that a 2006 Pontiac G-6 driven by 24-year-old Daniel Shibley, of Lincoln, was traveling east on Highway 4. The car went into the north ditch, rolling over and coming to rest on its’ side.
A passenger, 20-year-old Kendra Barnts, of Fairbury, was transported by ambulance to Bryan LGH West in Lincoln, for non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities say the driver, Shibley, was arrested for alleged driving-while-intoxicated. Safety restraints were not in use, during the accident.