UPDATE: Yorkwind Crawford pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide
Nebraska State Patrol responded to a fatal multiple vehicle crash on I-80 past 27th Street this morning.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – UPDATE:
On December 22, 2021 Yorkwind Crawford entered a not guilty plea in front of Lancaster County Judge Laurie J Yardley after the prosecution lowered the two charges from a class 3 felony of reckless/willing motor vehicle homicide to motor vehicle homicide, a class 1 misdemeanor. The maximum sentence for a class 1 misdemeanor is no more than one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Crawford is out on bond after posting $5,000.
He is scheduled back in court for a disposition without a trial on February 2, 2022.
In Nebraska, a disposition without a trial is considered a change of plea hearing. This typically means it will wrap up with a change in plea.
Crawford is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
One person has been arrested after a multi-vehicle crash that claimed the lives of two people Saturday morning in Lincoln.
The Nebraska State Patrol says preliminary reports show a semi, driven by Yorkwind Crawford, 50, of North Miami Beach, Florida, rear-ended another vehicle east of the 27th Street interchange. Crawford then continued to drive westbound for more than a mile, hitting several other vehicles west of the 27th Street interchange.
The accident claimed the lives of a father and son, traveling in a Chevrolet Colorado pickup. The victims have been identified as Mark Kaipust, 41, and Taylor Kaipust, 7, of La Vista. Five other people were transported to Bryan Health West Campus with non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators believe speed and inattention were the primary causes of the crash. The driver of the semi, Yorkwind Crawford, has been arrested for two counts of motor vehicle homicide. He was lodged in Lancaster County Jail. The crash remains under investigation.
The Nebraska State Patrol says two people were killed and multiple others injured after an eight vehicle crash Saturday morning on I-80 in Lincoln.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln Police Department, and Lincoln Fire and Rescue and the Nebraska State Patrol all responded to the crash that happened around 9;30 a.m. Several bystanders also rushed to the scene to help those involved.
NSP says the multi-vehicle accident happened in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near the 27th Street interchange in Lincoln. Eight vehicles were involved with two fatalities, both from the same vehicle. There were multiple other people injured in the accident with five patients taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation. Further details will be released pending notification of next of kin. I-80 has now reopened in the area.
The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in two fatalities and several injuries this morning on Interstate 80 in Lincoln.
According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, at least one vehicle caught on fire.
The crash caused significant delays heading into Lincoln. I-80 has been closed for westbound traffic at 27th Street. People heading into Lincoln are advised to use the Waverly exit 409 to get into Lincoln.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.