NEBRASKA CITY – Criminal charges will be filed related to Sunday’s double-fatality crash in Otoe County.
The driver alleged to be at fault in the crash has been identified as 54-year-old Rickie E. Anthony of Omaha.
Around 11 p.m. Sunday, law enforcement investigators located Anthony in Falls City, where he had been temporarily residing.
The SUV involved in the collision was registered to Armbruster Chevrolet, a car dealer located in Falls City, and had been loaned to a female acquaintance of Anthony’s.
When the female was contacted Sunday night by law enforcement investigators she informed them that Anthony was driving the SUV from Falls City to Omaha on Sunday evening to visit family.
Based on statements made by witnesses to the crash and by a crash reconstruction during the investigation, it is believed that the northbound SUV driven by Anthony crossed the centerline of Highway 75, continuing across the southbound lane of traffic and onto the southbound shoulder of the highway.
The pickup driven by Michael Curry and occupied by his wife, Rachel Curry, and his daughter Chloe Curry, is believed to have taken evasive action moving across the center line and into the northbound lane of traffic. The two vehicles collided near the center of the roadway as Anthony’s SUV swerved back toward the northbound lane causing extensive damage to the passenger sides of both vehicles and resulting in the deaths of 15-year-old Chloe Curry, and Rachel Curry, her step-mother.
Michael Curry survived the crash and was treated at the hospital for injuries.
Witnesses indicated that the SUV driver left the scene on foot. At approximately 11 p.m. on Sunday night, Nebraska State Patrol investigators contacted Anthony in Falls City, where he indicated he had received a ride.
Investigators continue to seek whomever may have transported Anthony to Falls City. Anthony received medical treatment, a blood sample was drawn, and he was taken into custody and transported to the Otoe County detention center. Blood test results are not yet available. The involvement of alcohol in the crash is still under investigation.
Anthony was booked into the Otoe County detention center on Monday afternoon with the charges being one count of leaving the scene of a fatality crash, two counts of motor vehicle homicide involving reckless or willful reckless driving and one count of willful reckless driving.
Anthony is expected to be arraigned in the Otoe County Court on Friday, October 26, 2018, at which time a bond would also be set.