Omaha Man Found Dead After Car Crashes Into House
By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - A man is dead and a woman was taken to the hospital after the car she was driving crashed into a home early Monday morning.
The driver told police she had an epileptic seizure and lost control.
Police are not confirming how the two knew each other, however the man's family tells Fox 42 News the two had been dating and the man had only recently called it off.
Omaha police investigators said 50-year-old Charles Tolbert Jr. was found dead next to a car at a house near 38th and Pratt.
His family members said he and the driver had been dating.
They said in the past, there was violence in the relationship and they worry that this was no accident. "We have talked and I knew what was going on and I told him you are going to get hurt, something's going to happen and he called me at 11:00 last night and I didn't answer the phone and he still might be here if I would've answered my phone," Paula Nice said.
Omaha police say 48-year-old Danyell Stanfield was behind the wheel of a red car when she crashed into the house. Willis Sanders said he thought a tree had fallen on his home. "That's the first thing that had come to mind. I ain't picture no where in my imagination, no car running into the house and she had to be moving to get through that tree that far."
Sanders helped her get out of the car and brought her inside until medics arrived. "She didn't have on much in the way of clothing. I mean just a blouse and looked like some pedal pushers or whatever and no shoes."
Police said she told investigators she had a seizure causing her to lose control, "that's what they say...but she wasn't complaining about no epileptic anything when she was in the house," Sanders said.
50-year-old Charles Tolbert Jr. was found dead next to the car. "I'm trying to figure out how he got there, where he came from, cause it didn't appear that nobody was in the car except her, the passenger door was closed and no broken glass," Sanders said.
"In this case, there are just a lot of unanswered questions at this point. We really don't have any witnesses, it happened at 3:30 in the morning," Officer Michael Pecha said.
Charles' family says there was motive. "A week or prior he had scratches across his face, his neck and I told him, asked him what it was about and he said his girl was going crazy and I said leave her and he said I'm on it...I'm about to and he had moved his stuff to his sister's house and then he just went there to finalize it and then this happens," his Stepson, Joshua Hansen said.
"He knew himself something was going to happen. She was having him tracked by GPS and she didn't want him to go anywhere, talk to anybody," Nice said.
An official with the DMV said a person with epilepsy can have a driver's license in the state of Nebraska as long as they haven't had a seizure or any sort of episode within three months. Charles' family said they just want justice to be served.
Stanfield was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center with serious injuries. She was released earlier today.
Police said the investigation is ongoing but as of yet, no one has been arrested.