Kearney man in critical condition after Wednesday accident in GI

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Kearney man is in critical condition in a Lincoln hospital recovering from injuries received in a three car fatal accident Wednesday morning in Grand Island.

Deputy Hall County Attorney Sarah Carstensen identified Miles Margritz of Kearney as one of the accident victims. Margritz, 28, was listed in critical condition Thursday morning at the Bryan Trauma Center in Lincoln.

Carstensen Thursday also said Jose Ortiz, Jr., of Grand Island, was killed in the accident Wednesday morning at Highway 281 and Old Potash Highway in Grand Island.

Carstensen said the 27-year-old was killed in the crash and authorities said he was driving a stolen Dodge Challenger at the time of the accident.

Also injured in the crash was 31-year-old Ryan Flagg, of Grand Island, who the attorney said was injured, but those injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. He was driving a 2013 Nissan Altima.

Grand Island Police made an arrest which may be linked to the accident.

Police reports indicate that a Dodge Challenger was stolen from a residence at 2004 North Wheeler Wednesday morning about 6:20. That was roughly a half-hour before the fatal accident at 281 and Potash.

Police arrested a suspect who they said was involved in transporting a male subject to the address on North Wheeler where the vehicle was stolen. Carstensen said that suspect will be released and no charges filed against that person at this time.

SCALES, the South Central Area Law Enforcement Services is investigating the accident. Carstensen told KSNBLocal4 that depending on the results of the investigation a grand jury could be required. Grand juries are typically convened when a law enforcement agency is involved in an incident.

Grand Island Police captain Jim Duering said Wednesday, "There were no police personnel or police vehicles directly involved in the collision, although the color scheme of the stolen vehicle caused some confusion in this regard."

The Dodge Challenger was involved in a three-car crash just before 7:00 a.m. at 281 and Potash.

The intersection where the accident happened was closed for about three hours Wednesday morning.

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