UPDATE: LSO: Lincoln doctor killed by drunk driver

By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

The medical community is mourning the loss of one of its own.

57–year–old Douglas Dalke was killed Monday night while riding his bike just south of Lincoln.

“It’s a gut punch,” Dalke’s colleague, Dr. Michael Ferris of CHI Health St. Elizabeth, said. “Those tragic things that touch all of our lives at times are always just a gut punch.”

Deputies say Dalke was near 54th Street and Saltillo Road around 6 p.m. when he signaled with his hand to turn left. That’s when they said a car driven by 26–year–old Everett Hoesing of Kansas rear-ended the doctor.

Dalke was wearing high visibility clothing and a helmet. He died at the scene.

“The investigation reveals Hoesing was under the influence of alcohol,” Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said. “He was arrested for Felony Motor Vehicle Homicide and cited for DWI.”

Wagner said Hoesing’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

Dalke was a physician at Gastroenterology Specialties in Lincoln since 1990. He not only took care of patients there, but also did procedures at local hospitals, including St. E’s.

“He was even,” Ferris remembered. “His personality was always just calm and collected and composed. And he did a great job.”

Dalke’s colleagues said he was not only a great physician, but also a great person. He was a husband and father. 

Ferris said Dalke enjoyed biking. That’s why the biking community is coming together, too.

To create a safer community, members of the Great Plains Bicycling Club want yellow signs put up around town. They outline the Nebraska law that requires motorists to give cyclists three feet.

The club also plans to put a “ghost bike” at the scene of the crash in honor of Dalke. It’s something done around the country to serve as a memorial and to also raise safety awareness.

“It’s a loss for us,” Ferris said. “And we’re sad today.”
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By: Kayla Bremer
8@klkntv.com

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a car south of Lincoln. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says it was caused by a drunk driver. 

Dr. Douglas Dalke, 57 of Lincoln, was near 54th and Saltillo Rd. around 6 p.m. when he signaled with his hand to turn left. Deputies say a car driven by 26–year–old Everett Hoesing of Kansas rear ended Dalke.

He died at the scene.

“The investigation reveals Hoesing was under the influence of alcohol,” Sheriff Terry Wagner said. “He was arrested for Felony Motor Vehicle Homicide and cited for DWI.”

Deputies say Dalke was wearing high visibility clothing and a helmet, something avid cyclist Jim Blue says every bicyclist should wear while on roadways.

He was involved in a hit and run accident earlier this month also on Saltillo Rd. That driver still hasn’t been identified.

“This is a fairly dangerous community for cyclists and that’s very sad,” Blue said. “It doesn’t have to be like this.”

Nebraska law requires motorists to give cyclists three feet. It’s a newer law that members of the Great Plains Bicycling Club say most people don’t know about. They want yellow signs put up around town to create more awareness and a safer community for a growing cyclist population.

“Motorists will come by and yell at you to get off the road and like I said, cyclists…we’re not obstructing traffic, we’re part of traffic and we have the right to use the roads too,” cyclist Hal Smith said.

The bicycle club plans to put what’s called a “ghost bike” at the scene. It’s something done around the country to mark where a cyclist is killed to act as a memorial and to raise awareness.

Deputies say the driver’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.