Two young people from Bellevue were seriously injured early Sunday in an SUV rollover accident at the Kennedy Freeway and Interstate 80.
Omaha police said passenger Kayla Botsford, 22, was critically injured and taken to Creighton University Medical Center after the 1:10 a.m. crash. Police said Botsford suffered a skull fracture and numerous other serious injuries.
Tayler Gillett, 21, the driver of the 200 Lexus RX300 SUV, was also taken to CUMC in serious condition. Police said she was treated for injuries to her face and head that were believed to be nonlife-threatening.
Police said an investigation revealed that the Lexus SUV was traveling from northbound Kennedy Freeway to westbound I-80 at a high rate of speed when it lost control and slid off the road to the north and rolled. Botsford, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and ended up in the merge lane of I-80, police said. Gillett, who also was not wearing a seat belt, was not ejected from the SUV.
Police said the investigation into the crash continues.
Saturday about 1:20 p.m., police said, four Omahans, including a toddler, were injured in a two-vehicle accident at North 45th Street and Sorensen Parkway.
Police said the driver of an eastbound 1997 Buick LeSabre lost control, continued up a grassy median and became airborne, with the vehicle landing on top of a westbound 2000 Mercury Sable. All of the vehicles' occupants were transported to CUMC.
Police identified the LeSabre's driver as Erika Reynard of Omaha, 22. She suffered a fractured hand and a head laceration. She was treated at CUMC and released. Police said she was cited for careless driving and failure to maintain her lane.
The driver of the Sable was identified as Teri McNeal, 47. She suffered a nonlife-threatening back injury and was released from the hospital.
McNeal's front-seat passenger was identified as Kasey McNeal, 24, She was admitted to CUMC for a lacerated liver and a head laceration. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Teri McNeal's rear-seat passenger was identified as 18-month-old Kinzley Negrete. She was treated for a minor facial laceration and released.
- Jay Withrow