Driver in Deadly Collision Had No Drugs or Alcohol in System

By: Abby Turpin Email
By: Abby Turpin Email
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Near Elmwood, Neb. New information has been released regarding a deadly crash involving a pickup and an ambulance near Elmwood on June 11. The driver of the pickup truck did not have drugs or alcohol in his system.

According to the Cass County Attorney, 24-year-old William Whitlatch Jr.'s autopsy came back negative for both.

Whitlatch was driving on Highway 34 when his pickup drifted, colliding with a Weeping Water ambulance.

Whitlatch died at the scene, and the driver of the ambulance, 51-year-old Robert Hanes, Sr. later died at the hospital.

Hanes' daughter, 30-year-old Melissa Hanes, was also injured in the wreck. She was an EMT in the ambulance with her father. Officials say 46-year-old James Flint, Jr., also an EMT, received non-life threatening injuries.

To donate to the Hanes Memorial Fund:
Robert Hanes, Sr.
Memorial Account
Home State Bank
PO Box 429
Louisville, NE 68037

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