Columbus man dies in single-vehicle accident

February 9, 2019

A 31-year-old Columbus man was killed Friday in a one-vehicle accident that happened approximately 5 miles west of North Bend, according to released information from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

Jacob W. Schamp, released information shows, was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by law enforcement.

About 12:38 a.m. Friday, Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 30 near County Road 2.

An investigation determined that a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Schamp was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 30 when the SUV went off the right (south) side of the highway and rolled, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Schamp was reportedly not wearing a seat belt and speed is being considered a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the North Bend Fire and Rescue Department.

The approximately 20-mile stretch leading toward Fremont has claimed several lives over the course of the past week. On Saturday, Feb. 2, Maria Cristina Menjivar, her three sons and unborn daughter, were all killed in a three-vehicle accident on Saturday night near Fremont, as previously reported by the Schuyler Sun, a sister paper of The Telegram.

About 5:40 p.m., a 2002 Ford Mustang driven by 16-year-old Jack Ford, of Fremont, was stopped in the eastbound lane on Highway 30 attempting to make a left turn into the Westlake Mobile Home Park, according to a DCSO press release. While stopped, Ford’s vehicle was hit from behind by a 2002 Dodge Ram driven by 33-year-old German Lopez Saenz, also of Fremont.

The collision sent the pickup into the westbound traffic lane, where it collided head on with a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by the 32-year-old Schuyler woman. Menjivar and her three children, 10-year-old Julian, 8-year-old Adrian and 7-year-old Angel, were all pronounced dead at the scene. Menjivar was also pregnant with her fourth child.

Menjivar was not wearing a seat belt, according to the sheriff’s office. The three children were all in the back seat, and two were wearing seat belts.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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