One arrested after leaving fatal accident and allegedly taking responders vehicle
WISNER, Neb. -- Authorities have identified the victim in a fatal northeast Nebraska car accident over the weekend.
The Cuming County Sheriff's Office said that in there was a two-vehicle, three-person accident that left one dead early Saturday about two miles east of Wisner on Highway 275.
The victim, who was a passenger in a 2017 Ford F150 pickup, has been identified as Tara Lantz of Beemer. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lantz's husband, Curt Lantz Jr., was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment for injuries he sustained during the crash, and was later transferred to a hospital in Omaha for care. He had been driving the pickup.
Officials said that a 2007 Honda Accord was westbound and appeared to cross the center line, subsequently colliding with the Ford pickup that was eastbound.
The driver of the Honda Accord, Jacob Kenney of Omaha, was the only person in his vehicle at the time. Authorities noted that he was not at the scene of the crash when officers arrived, leading them to conduct a search.
The Cuming County Sheriff's Office said that during the search, it was found that a personal vehicle of a responder was also missing.
Officials said that a page was sent out to surrounding counties to be on the lookout for the stolen vehicle in relation to the crash.
The vehicle was later located by law enforcement east of Highway 275 and Highway 15 junction in Cuming County.
The Cuming County Sheriff's Office said that contact was made with Kenney in the stolen vehicle, and he was then treated and transported by Rescue to Faith Regional Medical in Norfolk.
After Kenney was medically treated and released from the hospital, he was arrested on multiple charges and taken to Madison County Jail.
The Cuming County Sheriff's Office said it received assistance from Wisner Police Department and Wisner Fire and Rescue, the Nebraska State Patrol, Beemer Fire and Rescue, West Point Fire and Rescue, Cuming County Emergency Management, Stanton County Sheriff's Office and Stanton County Emergency Management.
The accident is still an ongoing investigation.