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UPDATE: Brother of man killed in accident speaks out

UPDATE: Brother of man killed in accident speaks out

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Posted By: Camila Orti
corti@klkntv.com

A Nebraska family is mourning the loss of a beloved brother, uncle and son.

27-year-old James Rubio died over the weekend after falling out of a moving vehicle. The accident happened around 12:30 Sunday morning on 52nd Street between La Salle and Spruce. Police reports indicate Rubio was riding in a friend's SUV when he stated it'd be fun to climb out of the sun roof. The driver told police she slowed down, but when she looked back Rubio had fallen to the street.

Family members told Channel 8 Rubio's kind heart and sense of humor will be missed greatly. He was known as Jamie to friends and family.

"Jamie was an amazing brother, an incredible uncle and a great son," brother David Rubio said over the phone. "It's shocking and it's not real yet, we're pretty heartbroken."

David says Jamie worked as a mentor for underprivileged kids and was also a talented musician.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon. No citations have been issued.

Rubio leaves behind his parents, two brothers and step-siblings.
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Lincoln Police say a local man died after falling from a moving car.

The tragedy shook up several residents of the south Lincoln neighborhood early Sunday morning.

"We've had accidents on each corner but we've never seen anything like this before," neighbor Gene Thomsen said.

Officers were called to 52nd Street between Spruce and La Salle around 12:30 a.m. Officials say 27-year-old Lincoln James Rubio died in the street after falling out of Mercury SUV. They say the car was heading south on 52nd when the victim climbed out of the sun roof.  According to an accident report, Rubio said it would be "punk and fun" to climb out of the sunroof of the vehicle.

"When I opened my front door, there were lights everywhere and I saw a body laying in the middle of the street outside in front of my house," neighbor Mike Hollingsworth said.

The man's body ended up just a few feet from both Hollingsworth and Thomsen's mailboxes. The neighbors say officers shut down the entire block for several hours.

"It's a tragedy that somebody lost their life in such a matter and in a side street like this, 25 miles an hour, you don't typically expect something to be that extreme," Hollingsworth said.

Police say the driver of the car, a 34-year-old Lindsey R. McCallister of Lincoln , was friends with the victim. Officials are still investigating and no citations have been issued.

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