Victims’ names released in crash that killed 4 Topekans

Cass Co. (Neb) Sheriff's Office says multiple people were killed in an accident on US-75 Sunday.
Cass Co. (Neb) Sheriff's Office says multiple people were killed in an accident on US-75 Sunday.(Shawn Wheat)
Published: Feb. 1, 2021 at 9:46 AM CST
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NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (WIBW) - Authorities have now released the names of four Topeka residents -- including two women and two small children -- were killed Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash in southeast Nebraska.

The crash was reported at 7:16 p.m. Sunday on US-75 highway, about 12 miles north of Nebraska City, Neb. The location was just north of the Cass County-Otoe County line.

Capt. David Lamprecht, of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, said Monday evening that the fatality victims included the 21-year-old driver, Ashly Bracken, and a 22-year-old passenger Tatiyana Wade. Two young girls, Malaysia Reece-Johnson (4) and Keniah Robinson (5), were also killed in the crash, Lamprecht said. Another passenger in the vehicle, Bracken’s 20-year-old sister, was reported to have suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. She remained in the hospital with serious injuries Monday night.

Nebraska authorities say a man called 911 to report that his friend’s car had been hit by a pick-up truck. He told deputies that the driver of the SUV he was riding in had to swerve to avoid behind hit by the same truck--which then hit his friend’s Chevy Cobalt behind them. The man told authorities that they were traveling back home to Kansas. A blood draw has been taken from the pick-up truck’s driver, and both he and the surviving passenger of the Chevy Cobalt car will likely be interviewed in the hospital Tuesday.

Lamprecht said the crash occurred when a 2000 Chevy pickup truck driven by Ronald Dubas, 55, apparently crossed the center line. His truck collided with the southbound 2009 Chevy Cobalt carrying the Topeka residents. Dubas, a La Vista, NE resident, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Nebraska State Patrol’s accident reconstruction unit is investigating the crash along with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

GoFundMes have been set up for Keniah Robinson and Tatiyana Wade to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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