AP: Man faces homicide charge in Nebraska Panhandle crash

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


GERING, Neb. (AP)  A 23-year-old man has been charged with vehicular homicide and drunken driving in the crash of a pickup on the west side of Mitchell in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney for Joshua Bolzer, who was formally charged Monday in Scotts Bluff County Court in Gering. Authorities say he was driving the truck early Saturday morning when it went out of control on U.S. Highway 26. The truck stuck a utility pole, a tractor and a liquor store.        

A passenger, 19-year-old Dereon Betancur, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other 19-year-old passengers were taken to a Scottsbluff hospital. Authorities say one of them reported that Bolzer had been driving 120 mph or more just before the crash.