UPDATE: Alcohol and speed factors in triple fatality crash
UPDATE: Authorities have released new details into a fatal accident that killed three friends when they crashed into a Papillion creek in early April.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that autopsy results show that Robert Baker, Jonathan Rodriguez and Patricia Padron all died of blunt force trauma injuries.
Reports show the driver of the vehicle, Robert Baker, had a BAC level of .268 and THC in his system. The accident investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 mph when it left the roadway at 180th & Blondo.
Family contacted police after Baker, Padron and Rodriguez went missing after meeting for dinner and drinks in west Omaha on April 2. On Tuesday, April 5, an Omaha Police helicopter spotted Baker’s truck in West Papillion Creek.
Robert Baker’s girlfriend, Bailey Ellenwood, said police told her that Baker’s his truck fell 40 feet down into a ravine. They said the three friends died instantly.
Confusion turned to grief Tuesday night as family and friends searching for missing loved ones got the worst news they feared.
WOWT 6 News first brought you the story of three missing adults from our area Monday night. Robert Baker of Elkhorn, Patricia Padron of Grand Island and her boyfriend Jonathan Rodriguez of Grand Island went missing after meeting for dinner and drinks in west Omaha Saturday night. Family had been searching for the three and for Baker’s 2013 Diesel Chevy pickup truck.
The truck was spotted by an Omaha Police helicopter in West Papillion Creek Tuesday afternoon near 180th and Blondo. Douglas County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the three people found dead inside the truck were Baker, Rodriguez, and Padron.
Robert Baker’s girlfriend, Bailey Ellenwood, said police told her that Baker’s his truck fell 40 feet down into a ravine. They said the trio died instantly.
Ellenwood was nothing but scared of where her boyfriend could be in the interview we aired Monday night. Earlier Tuesday, WOWT 6 News’ Don Granese was with Ellenwood and Robert Baker’s mother as they searched for answers.
“I just want them to come back home. I just want Robert back home,” she said.
Tuesday night they got some answers, but they were the worst they could have expected.
Shortly after WOWT 6 News met with them, first reports of a truck found in a ravine near 180th and Blondo came into our newsroom. Reporter Don Granese called Bailey to tell her what WOWT had learned.
A man who watches over the property where the truck was discovered by Omaha police told WOWT 6 News that he saw crews come in to quickly investigate.
“I pulled in thinking somebody was going in there that shouldn’t have been and I looked over and saw the helicopter sitting in the middle of the cornfield,” said the witness.
The search didn’t turn up anything hopeful for the families. Rob’s mother’s hopes earlier Tuesday were like any other mother’s.
“Alive and safe. Anything else is just irrelevant. Just alive and safe,” she said in an earlier interview.
This surveillance video of her son at a Dundee bar may very well be the last image she sees of her boy alive.
Investigators said it appeared as though the vehicle had been traveling southbound on 180th Street, crossed over Blondo Street into a cornfield, then continued southbound across the field until it struck some trees at the edge of the creek. According to investigators, the vehicle went across the creek and struck the bank on the opposite side of the creek. The vehicle then rolled down the bank and came to rest at the bottom of the creek.
Autopsies have been scheduled for Wednesday.
Douglas County investigators tell WOWT 6 News that an overturned pickup with three bodies inside was found near 180th and Blondo.
The truck was spotted by an Omaha Police helicopter in West Papillion Creek Tuesday afternoon.
Douglas County Sheriff’s office confirms that three people were found dead inside the truck.
The girlfriend of Robert Baker has confirmed to WOWT 6 News her boyfriend is one of the victims found inside an overturned pickup Tuesday. Officials have not yet officially confirmed the identities of those victims.
Robert Baker, Jonathan Rodriguez or Patricia Padron went missing after meeting for dinner and drinks in west Omaha Saturday night. Family had been searching for the three and for Baker’s 2013 Diesel Chevy pickup truck.
Patricia Padron and Jonathan Rodriguez are both from Grand Island. WOWT 6 News has learned that Padron is a young mother and was expected to pick up her child from her mother’s house Sunday afternoon. Family became extremely worried when she didn’t show up.
An official with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday the truck was found 40 feet into the ravine. He said it would've been nearly impossible for anyone to see the vehicle from the road. Investigators said there were no tire marks and no indication that any other vehicles were involved.
Baker's girlfriend, Bailey Ellenwood, said that officers told her the three would've died almost instantly after crashing into the ravine.