UPDATE: Fatal crash victim identified
By: Jenn Schanz
Lancaster County Sheriff’s officials say 50-year-old Randall Woita of Weston, Neb. died Sunday morning following a rollover accident near Raymond.
They say 18-year-old Cristofer Cazun of Lincoln was driving the car that hit Woita’s car. Cazun was lodged for Felony Motor Vehicle Homicide and cited for DUI, reckless driving, driving under suspension and refusing a chemical test. According to the incident report, Cazun was evaluated by a drug recognition expert and determined to be under the influence of marijuana.
“He exhibited behavior that indicated he was not intoxicated the alcohol and so then we explore the possibility of being intoxicated with drugs,” Sheriff Terry Wagner said.
Cazun was driving a Honda Pilot southbound on Hwy 77 when he rear-ended a Chevy Avalanche being driven by 42-year-old Tammy Shultis of Kearney. Woita and 18-year-old Rhea Woita were her passengers.
Both Shultis and Rhea Woita were transported to Bryan West via StarCare with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is ongoing.
A two car accident near Raymond killed one and left two more seriously injured Sunday morning.
“I heard a real loud popping noise, like a huge balloon hitting, hitting tin or something. Just a big pop,” says Dale Rencik, who lives nearby.
It happened around 11 a.m. along Hwy 77 near Raymond road. Both vehicles were headed south on Hwy 77.
“The Chevy Avalanche was struck from the rear by the Honda Pilot. It caused the Chevy Avalanche to go into the westbound ditch and roll several times,” says Capt. Ben Houchin of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver and back seat passenger of the Avalanche were both flown to the hospital via StarCare; the front seat passenger died at the scene.
The driver of the Honda wasn’t seriously injured.
Witnesses say the commotion from the crash caused a second collision.
“On the left side people were just watching to see what’s going on over there on the right side. And one other vehicle didn’t see that car had stopped, and they hit them. It was just like ‘bang!'” says Yvette Atilano.
She and her husband were driving nearby when that crashed happened.
“My husband ran to help them. The guy was coming out of the window, he couldn’t open the door,” she says.
Deputies are still investigating.