Lincoln man killed in Wednesday night crash was National Guard specialist, motorcycle lover

The Lincoln community is mourning the loss of Nebraska National Guard member Triston Grieser, who was killed in a car crash Wednesday night.

Grieser was riding his motorcycle on his way home from fishing at a lake south of town.

He was heading north on Warlick boulevard, approaching South 14th street, when a southbound vehicle failed to yield.

Grieser’s best friend was stopped at the light nearby, he describes what happened next.

“I heard a loud crunch and I heard his Harley engine stall out. I looked over and he was on the ground. I stopped my car and grabbed the torniquete I keep in my glove box, I ran over to him and realized it wasn’t going to do anything, and just started doing chest compressions,” said Paul Ferguson.

Ferguson met Grieser through the military five years ago.

He tried his best to save his friend, but there wasn’t much he could do.

“I was trying to be optimistic. I think a part of me knew that he wasn’t going to come back, but a thing my father always says is ‘there’s always hope until there’s not,’ so I was kind of running on hope,” said Ferguson.

On Thursday, dozens of community members, friends and family had a heavy heart upon hearing this news.

Many took to social media to share some of their experiences with Grieser.

He loved to ride his bike and fix cars in his free time.

“That was one of the things that he loved doing the most was riding his Harley everywhere he went,” said Ferguson.

Grieser was an infantryman assigned to a squadron in Beatrice.

He had served the national guard for the past five years.

Ferguson says he was the best friend a person could ask for, he would often go out of his way to help people in need.

“It’s just heart wrenching. I don’t think there was ever a challenge he put his mind to that he could not accomplish,” said Ferguson.

Ferguson hopes the other driver, a 21-year old female, can come to terms to forgive herself for what happened.

He also says he’s expecting a big funeral for Grieser.

“Every day for the rest of my life I’m going to do everything that he can’t do anymore. Those days where I don’t want to do anything, I’m going to get up and I’m going to go fishing because he can’t get up and go fishing anymore. On those days that I want to go work on a car but I don’t have any motivation, I’m going to get up and go work on that car because that’s exactly what he would do and he can’t do it anymore,” said Ferguson.

The driver of the car told police she didn’t see the yield sign.

Citations are still pending in this case.

Grieser was wearing his helmet, and the 21-year-old female driver was wearing her seat belt.

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Previous reporting:

Authorities have released the identity of a 22-year-old Lincoln man killed in a traffic crash Wednesday night. 

Lincoln police responded to a car vs. motorcycle accident around 9:30 p.m. near Old Cheney Rd and S 14th St.

Police said life saving measures were used on the motorcycle driver, who was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Police identified him Thursday morning as Triston A. Grieser. 

Preliminary indications suggest the motorcyclist was traveling northbound merging onto 14th from Warlick Blvd, while the other vehicle involved was traveling southbound onto 14th where the two intersections crossed, police said. The collision occurred by a yield sign.
 
An accident report said the other driver, who was not injured, told police she slowed down as she approached the yield sign but didn’t see any oncoming traffic as she entered the intersection. A witness, who was driving behind the woman, told police she saw the headlights of Grieser’s motorcycle as they were approaching the intersection, according to the report. Another witness told police she didn’t think the driver was going to stop as she approached the intersection, and that the two vehicles were going to collide, the report said. 
 

The woman in the other vehicle was not taken to the hospital, police said. Police said Grieser was wearing a helmet. 

No citations have been issued. 

A June 2016 edition of the Prairie Soldier, the joint newspaper of the Nebraska Army and Air National Guard, listed Grieser as a specialist. 
 
According to a Face book post by Grieser’s sister, Grieser was “a wonderful caring friend and brother” who loved motorcycles. 
 

A National Guard spokesman told Channel 8 Eyewitness News Spc. Grieser was an infantryman assigned to C Troop, 1-134th Cavalry Squadron in Beatrice. He enlisted in 2014 and had served five years with the National Guard. 

The spokesman said members of the unit have visited Grieser’s family and offered their condolences and support, and a casualty assistance officer and a chaplain are also assisting the next of kin.

 

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