BEATRICE – The driver of a westbound pickup that ran off U.S. Highway 136 in west Beatrice Sunday afternoon striking a tree, has died. Beatrice Police Monday morning identified the victim as a local dentist….66-year-old John Russell.
Beatrice Police Officer Kristine Gill says the driver was taken directly to the Nebraska Heart Institute, in Lincoln. A medical issue is suspected to be a cause in the crash.
:29 “a medical issue”
The pickup crossed the opposite lane of West Court, or U.S. 136 and jumped a curb just west of West Court and Center Street. The truck traveled across a grassy area and knocked down a road sign, before hitting a tree in a small area named Frolick Park.
A police sergeant said Monday morning that Russell died of a medical issue, not the injuries in the accident.
No other vehicles were struck by the out-of-control pickup. The accident happened at around 1:17 p.m., Sunday. Russell died in Lincoln, at around 2:45 p.m.