Nebraska man killed in crash near StickneySTICKNEY — A Nebraska man headed home after a family funeral died Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover accident about three miles south of Stickney on Highway 281.
STICKNEY — A Nebraska man headed home after a family funeral died Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover accident about three miles south of Stickney on Highway 281.
According to Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Nelson, Ronald Hahn, 66, of Grand Island, Neb., was headed home after attending his mother’s funeral in Jamestown, N.D. Hahn was driving south when he lost control of his 1991 Geo Tracker at about 1:45 p.m. “We’re not sure why,” Nelson said, “but he drifted into the northbound lane, hit the shoulder, over-corrected, and went in the east ditch where his vehicle rolled 1½ times and ended up on its roof.”
Hahn, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the small SUV when the vehicle’s removable top flew off during the rollover.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Aurora County Coroner Preston Crissey. “I don’t know if we’ll ever know for sure until the autopsy comes back, but he drove 270 miles before the crash, so there’s a good chance fatigue played a factor,” Nelson said.
The Stickney Fire Department and Aurora County Sheriff’s units also responded.