Update: Crash Victims' Family Calls Intersection Too Dangerous

By: 10/11 News Team Email
By: 10/11 News Team Email

UPDATE: Grace Martin's daughter has set up a fund to help with medical costs. If you want to make a donation to help her out, just go to any West Gate Bank. It's called the Grace M. Martin benefit account. We're still waiting to hear from Jared Miller's family about a fund.

48-year-old Jared Miller, Jr. and 50-year-old Grace Martin fight for their lives at Bryan LGH West. They remain in critical condition and are unresponsive.

"I can't talk to her, all we do is sit there and hold her hand. We say mom we love you," Gailanne Hindsley, Grace Martin's daughter, said.

Lincoln Police are still investigating the serious accident involving a car versus motorcycle. According to the accident report, Miller and Martin were test driving a motorcycle from Frontier Harley Davidson, Inc. Miller attempted to pass a car in the left turn lane, as a 16-year-old was pulling out into the intersection and the vehicles collided.

"First time ever on a motorcycle and it's probably gonna be her last," Hindsley said.

Doctors have told Hindsley that her mother may never walk again. Jared Miller Sr. said his son has a 30% chance of surviving this crash.

"You're not thinking something like this could happen. And when it does, you know, I find it hard to even believe it's happened. You know, it's probably because I don't want to believe it," Miller said.

He and his family drove in from Penrose, Colorado, where his son is also from. They said things look grim, but they're not giving up hope.

The accident happened just before 2:30pm, Saturday, at the intersection of NW 48th and W. Adams.

Elizabeth Sator said she talked to a witness who saw it all.

"A lady had seen the accident, she said that she seen them collide and she seen two bodies fly in the air," Sator said.

The intersection is located right in front of a busy convenience store. According to those living and working nearby, the city should invest in making sure this does not happen again.

"I would definitely recommend putting in a street light considering the speed limit is 45 and kids have to run across the street to get over here," Sator said.

"The demand for lights out here is significant especially with an elementary school... we have a grocery store... there and houses being built... it's no question in anybody's mind it needs to be dealt with," Angela Huff, who lives nearby, said.

Captain Michon Morrow said they are interviewing the driver and several witnesses to help with the investigation and determine exactly what happened.

Captain Morrow said they do not believe that alcohol is a factor in this accident.

Paul Lang, Martin's nephew, said that this accident is also a reminder to keep a look out for bikers because they're all over the place, especially in the summer.

"You're gonna have them. Pay attention for them. Yeah, they're smaller than a car, but I can still see them," Lang said.

The family is planning to set up a fund to receive donations for both Martin and Miller to help with medical costs.

"We're not the kind of people that have money saved up. We're kind of a paycheck to paycheck kind of family," Lang said. "With her not working now, where's that gonna leave her and her house, her dogs and that kind of stuff."

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