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Woman killed, man loses leg in North Omaha crash

Woman killed, man loses leg in North Omaha crash

A woman was killed and a man suffered an amputated leg Sunday in a single-vehicle crash, police and emergency dispatchers said. 

Akyma McWilliams, 24, of Omaha, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the Nebraska Medical Center, a police spokesman said. She was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu that crashed at 31st Street and Ames Avenue about 8 p.m.

Two passengers in the Malibu, Nairobi Ford, 20, and Samuel Yata, 22, also were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center. Ford is being treated for an amputated leg and cuts to the chest. 

Investigators determined that the Malibu was eastbound on Ames Avenue when it swerved left, crossed the westbound lanes and struck a traffic signal pole. Sgt. Jason Menning said speed may have been a factor in Omaha’s 18th death from a crash this year.

Emergency responders reported finding the vehicle "completely wrapped around a pole." Authorities said they were looking for a dark-colored car that may have fled from the scene. 

Omaha World-Herald: Afternoon Update

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