Driver who killed cyclist identified

By: Channel 8 Newsroom

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) An 82-year-old Nebraska woman has been identified as the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed an Omaha cyclist.

Police said Friday that Ruth Jeffers of La Vista was driving the 2002 Ford Taurus that crossed the center line Thursday and struck Jim Johnston, who was biking in the other direction.

Jeffers hasn't been charged, but the investigation continues.

The Omaha World-Herald reports Johnston was flown by helicopter to a hospital, where the 56-year-old died a short time later. He was the athletic trainer at Millard West High School, where teachers burst into tears during a staff meeting called to announce his death.

Math teacher Seth Turman says Johnston was probably out for his daily ride when he was struck.

A message was left for Jeffers on Friday.