Two people were seriously injured late Tuesday night in a two-vehicle traffic accident in Omaha.
The accident occurred about 10:50 p.m. at North 147th Street and West Maple Road.
Omaha police said a silver 2006 Pontiac G6 sedan, driven by Ryan Doyle, 41, of Omaha, was northbound on 147th while crossing West Maple. The Pontiac had a flashing red light. A blue 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, driven by Mariah Christiansen, 21, of Omaha, was westbound on West Maple and had a flashing yellow light, police said.
The Chevy struck the passenger side of the Pontiac. Christiansen was wearing a seat belt, police said.
Both drivers were taken Omaha hospitals with serious nonlife-threatening injuries: Doyle was taken the Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition and Christiansen was taken to Lakeside Hospital in serious condition.
Doyle was treated for head injuries at the med center. She was treated for head injuries at Lakeside Hospital and later released.
Police said Doyle had an odor of alcohol on him and there were alcoholic beverages inside his vehicle.
Officers said they would attempt to cite Doyle tonight on suspicion of driving under the influence, failure to yield and not wearing a seat belt.
West Maple Road was closed for about 90 minutes while authorities investigated the crash.
Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol troopers assisted Omaha police at the crash site. Another suspected drunken driver drove into the accident scene and was arrested by the troopers.
— Jay Withrow