Pursuit that began in Beatrice, ends with motorcycle fatality in Lancaster County


LINCOLN/BEATRICE — Police in Lincoln say a motorcyclist died in a crash over the weekend as he fled sheriff's deputies. Police say in a news release that the crash happened shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 77 in southwest Lincoln, killing 28-year-old Jacoby Wilcox of Lincoln.


According to investigators, Wilcox was fleeing Gage County Sheriff's deputies and was speeding northbound on Highway 77 when the Nebraska State Patrol was informed of the pursuit.


Minutes later, two southbound troopers in separate vehicles spotted Wilcox's motorcycle and were attempting to turn around when Wilcox crashed into the back of sport utility vehicle.


Officials say the troopers tried to administer aid, but Wilcox died at the scene from his injuries.


Saturday night at 8:53 pm officers from the Beatrice Police Department attempted a traffic stop on the motorcycle, a black 2000 Kawasaki VN800 B, inside the city limits of Beatrice. The motorcyclist did not stop and fled northbound at a high rate of speed.

A few minutes later a Gage County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the motorcycle at Highway 77 and West Dogwood Road traveling northbound at speeds of 100 to 110 mph. A traffic stop was attempted by Gage County Deputies at Highway 77 and Birch Road, but the motorcycle failed to stop and continued northbound on Highway 77 at a high rate of speed.

In Lancaster County, Gage County Deputies lost sight of the bike near Firth Road and ended the pursuit.

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