UPDATE: 2 children, 1 teen killed in car crash north of Wahoo
Three siblings reportedly died in a three-vehicle accident in Wahoo. The investigation remains ongoing.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- A heartwarming update to a tragic story, the GoFundMe for the Chohon family, who lost 3 of their children in a car accident on Tuesday, has surpassed its $5,000 goal by over $31,000.
As of this morning, the GoFundMe has raised $36,340 for the Chohons.
The page says, “Our family lost three beautiful children to a horrific car accident on July 20th. Monica, James, and Andrew, are already so missed, and we know that many of you have been impacted by each of them in a special way. We are so grateful for the many of you who have already reached out wanting to give. We cannot tell you how thankful we are for your prayers and your financial support.”
For more info, you can click the link below.
An online petition to make changes to the intersection has also garnered nearly 5,000 signatures.
The Nebraska State Patrol is reportedly investigating a fatal crash that happened last night near Wahoo and took the lives of three minors.
According to NSP, at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Saunders County Sheriff’s Deputies requested backup from NSP at the scene of a two-vehicle crash with multiple fatalities at the intersection of HIghway 77 and Highway 109, north of Wahoo.
Investigators say they believe that a Pontiac Grand Am, driven by 18-year-old Monica Chohon of Wahoo, was driving southbound on Highway 109 and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection. Then, investigators say an unknown vehicle headed east stopped in the left lane of Highway 77, where traffic has the right of way at the intersection.
At that time officials say the Pontiac attempted to go through the intersection but was hit by an eastbound Dodge Ram 3500 that had been moving in the right lane of Highway 77.
Authorities say the collision caused the Pontiac to roll into the south ditch of the intersection.
The three occupants in the Pontiac, 18-year-old Monica Chohon, 11-year-old James Chohon, and 7-year-old Andrew Chohon, were all pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Ram, Tobias Hartung, 40, was not injured.
The third car, the unidentified vehicle that stopped in the left lane on Highway 77, then reportedly left the scene.
After NSP requested assistance from the public in locating the driver of a third vehicle, several citizens called with information, including the driver of the third vehicle, which was a Ford Escape.
Following interviews, including those with other witnesses, investigators believe the eastbound Escape had not stopped at the intersection, but had slowed down after noticing the southbound Pontiac Grand Am proceed into the intersection after stopping at the stop sign on Highway 109. The Escape was able to stop in time to avoid a collision, but an eastbound Dodge Ram 3500, traveling in the right lane, collided with the Grand Am.
The driver of the Escape then noticed several witnesses stop to assist and made sure 911 had been called before departing the scene. The Escape is not believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. The investigation remains ongoing.