Early Morning Car Crash Kills Woman, Seriously Injures Man

Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- A woman dies and a man is in serious condition after their car crashed into two trees near 45th and Hamilton. It happened around 4:30 Sunday morning. Police said the woman driving was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car and died at the scene.

"I was on my way home and the car was just speeding down the street and I guess he just lost control. And he hit that tree back there and just made a big mess," said Timothy Titsworth, who witnesses the accident.

Police say the two were traveling west on Hamilton in a 2000 Buick Century. The car slid to the east lane and crossed over the sidewalk into the two trees before stopping. The sight of the aftermath still leaves neighbors in shock.

"Seen the car up on the flatbed, just totally mangled. Never seen nothing like that, never," said Kevin O'Connor, who saw the totaled Buick.

"I mean it was just a big boom and then you just saw the car just shatter into pieces and as you can see it's all over the parking lot," said Titsworth.

A close friend of the woman in the accident said she was contacted directly by the police when the crash happened. She chose to be unidentified, but said she just had to come to see what could have caused so much damage and took her friends life. What she found was a parking lot full of debris and a tree barely scrapped of its bark.

People in the area couldn't help to go see what was left as well.

"I actually I just needed to see how the car got so mangled. I mean I just can't believe it. Just hitting that tree alone," said O'Connor.

Police are looking into alcohol and speed being factors in the accident.

"They had to have been going real fast. They had to have been going 100 miles an hour at least. Why were they going that fast on a 35 mile an hour street?" asked O'Connor.

"I think it was a drunk driver because the way he was swerving in and out of traffic and high rate of speed--I mean, it was just a mess," said Titsworth.

The close friend of the victims said they were husband and wife with three young children.

Police are investigating the accident.