Abby Uecker investigation: Dispatch told caller deputy was not coming

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THAYER COUNTY, (Neb.) - This summer, Nebraska singer Abby Uecker died in a UTV crash at the Thayer County Fairgrounds early in the morning. But according to the Thayer County Attorney a deputy didn't follow-up with the driver of that UTV until almost 12 hours after the accident happened.

The 911 log shows the first call came in at 4:23 a.m. with a caller telling dispatch he thought the country music singer had been shot out of a cannon at the Thayer County Fair, saying she was bleeding and they needed an ambulance. Ten minutes later, she was in an ambulance and on her way to the hospital.

Despite this quick response, Nebraska State Patrol said the first Thayer County Deputy didn’t start to investigate until 6:25 a.m., 29 minutes after Abby was pronounced dead.

In between this time frame, we know on three different occasions someone called 911 asking for law enforcement to come. The first call was at 4:23 a.m., the last was at 5:32 a.m. The latter ended with a dispatcher telling the caller a deputy was not coming. According to NSP’s investigation, the deputy said, “It is like an accident that happened in their home, he can’t do much about it.”

By the time NSP was called in and arrived in Thayer County, Abby had been dead for hours and the four people who were on the UTV at the time of the accident were gone. According to NSP’s report, three of the people, including the driver, waited at the fairgrounds for two hours. NSP eventually tracked down the driver 12 hours after the initial accident. Because of this, NSP said they could not get a BAC of the driver.

While the driver told investigators he had 5 to 6 drinks, Thayer County Attorney Dan Werner said alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor. However, he added, “whether that’s accurate will not be known because I have no test.”

“If I had the ability to direct the investigation from the time of the accident, it would have been investigated,” said Werner. “That’s all I can say.”

10/11 News requested the audio recordings of these 911 calls, but NSP said the Thayer County Sheriff’s Office’s recording system was not working at the time of the accident.

10/11 News also asked the sheriff’s office for a copy of its policies on responding to accidents and accident investigations. Thayer County Sheriff David E. Lee responded writing, “The Sheriff's Office does not have a particular written policy dealing with response to or investigation of accidents."

The county attorney says no criminal charges will be filed.