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Child, caretaker killed in car-pedestrian crash in Friend

Photo courtesy MGN.
Photo courtesy MGN.(KKTV)
Published: May. 29, 2020 at 11:04 AM CDT
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The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a crash that claimed the life of two pedestrians Thursday in Friend.

At approximately 8:50 a.m. Thursday, the Friend Police Department responded to a car-pedestrian crash at 416 Page Street in Friend. The crash occurred when a northbound pickup crossed into the southbound lane and struck two pedestrians who were walking southbound on Page Street.

The pedestrians were Isaac Speece, 11, of Friend, and his caregiver, Crystal Gerdes, 53, of Milford. Speece was in a wheelchair at the time of the crash. He was transported to Friend Hospital where he passed away. Gerdes was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, Thomas Schiffern, 76, of Friend, was not injured in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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