19-year-old airman, Papillion man killed in 3-vehicle crash

Published: Jan. 5, 2018 at 6:14 AM CST
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Khalil Shemar Jones and Shamus D. Dean were both killed as the result of a crash on JFK that involved two passenger vehicles and a tow truck.

The crash happened shortly after 3 a.m. near Chandler Road. It involved two passenger vehicles and a tow truck.

In addition to the dead and injured, authorities initially believed that another person was unaccounted for but they later said that was a miscommunication.

Police say that based on information at the scene it appears as if a black Pontiac G6 had stalled along the roadway. The car was registered to 19-year-old Khalil Shemar Jones from Florida.

Khalil also had two passengers inside his vehicle as they waited along the roadside.

A maroon Chevrolet truck was also involved in the accident. The truck was being driven by 47-year-old, Shamus D. Dean of Papillion. It is believed that Dean had pulled to the side of the road to assist the stalled Pontiac

An A R tow truck was traveling southbound at the location and was driving erratically. The tow truck was driven by 57-year-old, James S. Helbect of Bellevue. The tow truck was reported as directly crashing into the Pontiac and the Chevrolet as they sat on the roadside.

Helbect was not injured in the crash.

The two passengers in the Pontiac are currently in critical condition at Nebraska Medicine. They have been identified as 18-year-old Tyquan Malik Petty of Omaha and an unnamed 15-year-old.

BPD Lt. Chad Reed said, "We've got officers at the, the trauma center with the two who are in critical. So we're hoping to have some updates on their condition shortly."

Southbound lanes of the highway were shut down from Q Street to approximately L Street.

Officials say Jones was an airman stationed at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The crash remains under investigation. It has not yet been determined if alcohol or drugs are contributing factors to this crash.