WAHOO, Neb. (KCAU) – UPDATE: The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) identified a third vehicle that was at the intersection of Highway 77 and Highway 109 at the time of the crash that killed three siblings Tuesday evening.
According to the NSP, after requesting assistance from the public in locating the driver of a third vehicle, several citizens called with information, including the driver of the third vehicle.
Following interviews, including those with other witnesses, investigators believe the third vehicle had not stopped at the intersection, but had slowed down after noticing the southbound vehicle proceed into the intersection after stopping at the stop sign on Highway 109. The third vehicle was able to stop in time to avoid a collision, but an eastbound vehicle, traveling in the right lane, collided with the southbound vehicle.
All three occupants of the southbound vehicle, 18, 11, and 7-year-old siblings from Wahoo, were killed in the crash.
The driver of the third vehicle then noticed several witnesses stop to assist and made sure 911 had been called before departing the scene and is not believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.
The investigation remains ongoing.
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Around 7 p.m., the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a crash at the intersection at Highway 77 and Highway 109, which is north of Wahoo, according to a press release from the Nebraska State Patrol. The sheriff’s office asked for the help of state patrol.
Officials determined that Monica Chohon, 18, of Wahoo, was driving south on Highway 109 and stopped at a stop sign. A vehicle stopped in the left lane of Highway 77, which has the right of way at the intersection. The vehicle on Highway 109 drove forward and was hit by a vehicle traveling east in the right lane of Highway 77.
The struck vehicle rolled into a ditch, and Monica Chohan, 18, James Chohan, 11, and Andrew Chohan, 7, of Wahoo, died. Tobias Hartung, 40, of Fremont, the driver of the other vehicle, had no injuries.
The third vehicle that stopped at the intersection in the left lane of Highway 77 is currently unknown, and investigators want to speak to the driver as a witness. Anyone with information is asked to call 402-479-4921.