UPDATE: 14-year-old dead, three others injured in police chase on westbound I-80
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating an accident that left 14–year–old Zayne Yost, a passenger in the car, dead and three other teens injured.
“He had an amazing future ahead of him,” Yost family friend Amber Weese said. “He was just like any typical kid. Teenagers — they get into their trouble — and unfortunately, he made a bad decision.”
Zayne was a freshman at Lincoln Northeast.
The accident happened Wednesday morning shortly after 8 a.m. on westbound I–80 at the northwest 48th St. exit.
According to officials it all began when Lancaster County deputies spotted a stolen car early Wednesday morning.
“They tried to stop the vehicle, a pursuit ensues and it was discontinued because of the safety hazards it presented,” Sheriff Terry Wagner said.
Around 8 a.m. the same deputy spotted the stolen SUV in southwest Lincoln.
The car got onto Highway 77, then westbound I–80 where the police chase began. They exited on northwest 48th.
“The vehicle lost control and flipped several times,” Chief Dept. Todd Duncan said. “There were four people in the vehicle. All four were ejected it appears.”
Weese said she doesn’t believe Zayne knew the car was stolen.
Zayne, 16–year–old Andrew Fisher, 14–year–old Darius Hayes and 15–year–old Anthony Moreno were thrown from the vehicle.
The three injured were transported to the hospital with non–life–threatening injuries.
Weese wants people to know Zayne was a good kid.
“Zayne was an amazing boy,” Weese said. “He made a bad choice, but it doesn’t serve as who he is.”
Investigators believe 14–year–old Darius Hayes was driving the stolen SUV at the time of the crash.
A GoFundMe page for Zayne’s family has been set up here: https://www.gofundme.com/k3dx3j-funeral-expenses
UPDATE: The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a crash in northwest Lincoln that followed a pursuit by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash occurred just after 8:00 a.m. today when Sheriff’s Deputies were pursuing a stolen vehicle on Interstate 80.
The 2003 Chevrolet Trailbrazer was traveling westbound on I-80 when it attempted to exit onto NW 48th street at mile marker 395.
The vehicle failed to navigate the turn and rolled. All four occupants of the vehicle were ejected.
One of the occupants, Zayne Yost, 14, of Lincoln, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The three other occupants of the vehicle, Andrew Fisher, 16, Darius Hayes, 14, and Anthony Moreno, 15, were all transported to Bryan Medical Center and Bryan West Campus.
At this time, none of their injuries are expected to be life threatening.
Investigators believe Hayes was driving at the time of the crash.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has requested the Nebraska State Patrol to conduct an investigation into the incident. That investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE: The Nebraska State Patrol says one person is dead after a pursuit with police ended in a rollover crash on I-80 west of Lincoln.
The accident happened just after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning near mile marker 395.
Officials say law enforcement spotted a stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled and police did not pursue out of safety concerns.
Around 8 a.m. police spotted the stolen SUV again near Rosa Parks Way.
It continued onto Highway 77 and later rolled while trying to exit at NW 48th, officials said.
According to the Lancaster County Sheriff four young males were inside the vehicle and were all ejected.
Four people were injured – all of them ejected – after a pursuit ended with a rollover crash on I-80 west of Lincoln, official said.
The crash happened around 8:10 a.m. Wednesday morning near mile marker 395.
Officials told Channel 8 Eyewitness News that law enforcement spotted an SUV, believed to be stolen, and attempted to stop the vehicle.
The SUV continued from Rosa Parks Way and Highway 77 and later rolled while trying to exit at NW 48th, officials said.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says four young males were injured, with one suffering life-threatening injuries.
A medical helicopter could not be launched due to poor weather conditions.
This is a developing story, we will continue to provide more details as they become available.