Omaha man identified, charged with 2 counts of manslaughter in O St. crash

Two people are still hospitalized due to injuries from the crash

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Police Chief Theresa Ewins provided an update on Tuesday on the O Street crash that killed two and injured 20 on May 29 after a cruise event.

Kyvell Stark was identified as the 18-year-old driver of the Ford Taurus that killed Emily Siebenhor, 20, and Edith Hermosillo, 22, during Memorial Day weekend.

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Stark was going close to 90 miles an hour before the crash, police say.  Police do not know if he was braking or what his speed was when the impact occurred.

Two people are still hospitalized as a result of their injuries. Their condition is unknown, police say.

Police believe that Stark was impaired at the time of the crash.

During a mandatory urine test, his urine tested positive for marijuana.

Police cannot currently say how much marijuana was in his system.

Stark turned himself in on Tuesday morning and was lodged in jail on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of driving under the influence, resulting in serious bodily injury.

Lincoln Police will work with the county attorney to determine if Stark will face additional charges.

“People need to slow down, they need to slow down,” Ewins said. “We have issues in general in regards to collisions in Lincoln. The city is very serious about addressing it and getting down to a better plan.”

According to Ewins, Lincoln Police took a hit to their staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still making enforcement difficult.  In future years, police are looking to reengineer streets, educate and provide additional enforcement during unsanctioned events.

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Police encourage drivers to slow down and refrain from following too closely.

“Think of it this way: Your family member is on the street while you’re driving, so you need to be even more cautious,” Ewins said.

The police chief said the crash had nothing to do with the cruise event.

“I thought I made that clear when I first spoke about that,” Ewins said. “It had nothing to do with the event, that we determined.”

Watch here for Lincoln Police’s initial press conference the morning after the crash.

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