‘Truly part of our UNL family’: East Campus employee killed in early morning crash

Authorities have identified a Lincoln man killed when his car crashed into a building early Friday morning. 
Ron White Web

Officials have identified a Lincoln man killed when his car crashed into a building early Friday morning.

According to a Lincoln Police Department accident report, 52-year-old Ronald White was pronounced dead after his vehicle struck Moose’s Tooth near 27th and Vine shortly after 3 a.m.

Police said it appeared the vehicle was headed east on Vine Street and for unknown reasons left the road and collided with a metal barricade on the corner of the business.

White was found responsive in the driver’s seat of his car. Life-saving measures were taken but White was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police say it does not appear White was wearing a seat belt.

White was an assistant food service manager on UNL’s East Campus. A New Orleans native, White “loved putting out a big Fat Tuesday spread for our students,” a UNL spokeswoman said.

Charlie Francis, senior director of housing and dining services said White was “truly part of our UNL family and he worked hard to build a sense of community among our students.”

“He loved sharing his New Orleans heritage and his Fat Tuesday spread had become a highlight of the year for East Campus diners,” Francis said. “It was easy to see how much he cared for students. In fact, when we were designing the new East Campus Union dining facility, students asked for the cook to be visible to diners, because they enjoyed interacting with Ron. We will miss him.”

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