Lincoln student’s car provided by late father stolen and wrecked
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - For one Lincoln high schooler, it’s been a challenging week. His car was stolen and wrecked, but it’s not just about the car. It’s what the car represented.
Like a typical weekday Preston Yager was in wrestling practice Monday after school at Lincoln Northeast, but this week was different.
“I was missing my phone, my ID’s, drivers license, car and keys,” Yager said.
During practice, students had gone through lockers taking most of his belongings.
“Since my car keys were missing, I figured my car is probably gone. I went out to the parking lot and it was not there,” Yager said.
A police report was filed that night. The car was found around 1 a.m., and it was wrecked. Those who stole it have been identified and cited, but they’re minors so their identity isn’t public information.
The Lincoln Northeast junior feels anger and resentment, but also sadness.
“Getting that car meant a lot because the money for it was brought to me by my dad,” Yager said. “He unfortunately passed.”
Preston’s dad died serving in Iraq almost 15 years ago. The school has surveillance cameras and apologized, but insurance won’t cover the damage.
“It’s not right and it’s not fair,” said Mary Jo Yager, Preston’s mother. “Yeah it’s a car and it’s a material thing, but there are a lot of feelings behind that car.”
“Basically this was kind of the last thing he could give me, and they just took it without second thought,” Preston said.
Preston plans to enter the military and follow his parents’ footsteps after high school.
There is a GoFundMe set up to help get Preston a car. The goal is $7,000. Click here for the GoFundMe.
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