LINCOLN, Neb. - Lincoln Police said two drivers might have been racing ahead of a five-vehicle crash that killed a Lincoln North Star student on Wednesday.
Witnesses told police two teenage drivers, one of them being Blayne Rezac, seemed to be racing northbound in their vehicles near 84th and Havelock around 10:25 a.m.
Witnesses said Rezac slammed on his brakes while driving a red Acura Integra to avoid rear-ending another vehicle, lost control, hit a curb, and swerved into the other car he was reportedly racing, police said.
That vehicle, a Mitsubishi Maroon LGT, was driven by Ruslan Brychka, 17 of Lincoln.
Both vehicles proceeded to jump the median and strike three other cars in the southbound lanes.
The cars that were hit were a 2006 gray Dodge Minivan, driven by Melanie Wellman, 38, of Ceresco, a 2012 blue Dodge Minivan, driven by Amy Meysenburg, 49 of Osceola, and a 2012 white Chevy pickup, driven by Taylor Barg, 25.
Police said Brychka, Wellman, Meysenburg, and Barg all suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Rezac was pronounced dead on scene, and six other people were transported to the hospital with non-life threatning injuries.
"He was so funny, and was always so positive," said Kaden Berge, Rezac's friend.
"I want to help the world know how much of a beautiful soul he was and how missed he will be," said Mindy Bailey, Blayne's sister.
Donations are being accepted under a fund set up in Blayne Rezac name at Union Bank.