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UPDATE: Teen killed in horse-drawn buggy crash

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By: Camila Orti

UPDATE 7/22/13:  Pawnee County Attorney Jennifer Stehlik Ladman says her office is waiting for autopsy, toxicology, and reconstruction reports before determining any charges.  She says this could take several weeks.

Fannie Yoder remains in critical condition at Bryan West.


Tragedy strikes an Amish community in southeast Nebraska Sunday after a car slams into a horse-drawm buggy and kills a teenager.

The Pawnee County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened around 9 a.m. Sunday in rural Pawnee County on Highway 8/50.

Rueben Yoder, 17, died at the scene. His sister, Fannie Yoder, 20, was taken to a Lincoln hospital with head injuries.

"Everybody's devastated, nobody would want to lose a child," neighbor Donald Bloss said. Bloss lives just down the highway from where the accident happened.

The siblings were in a horse drawn buggy headed eastbound on the highway when the buggy was hit by a 1992 Cadillac Deville, according to the Sheriff's Office. The crash happened near mile-marker 118, about 3.5 miles east of Pawnee City.

There are signs along the highway to denote buggy traffic, but neighbors say they are sometimes hard to spot because some buggies don't have lights.

"I don't think they realize the technology we have, that they don't have," Bloss said. "It's hard for us to slow down to 15, 20 miles an hour, especially with the lack of lighting."

The Pawnee City area is one of two Amish communities in Nebraska, and neighbors told us buggy traffic is at its highest on Sundays, when people are going to church.

Bloss says he's keeping the family in his thoughts.

"A child got hurt, and no matter which family it's from, you don't like to see that happen," Bloss said.

The driver of the car, 56-year-old Vivian Cockrell, was treated and released from Pawnee Hospital.

The Pawnee County Sheriff's Office and the Nebraska State Patrol are still investigating the crash.

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