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Report: Speed, alcohol factors in crash that killed teens

July 16, 2019

GRETNA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators say they found evidence of alcohol use and excessive speed in a crash that killed four Gretna teenage girls and seriously injured a fifth.

A report released Tuesday by the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office says the car was traveling 90 mph at the time of the June 17 crash. That’s 35 mph over the posted 55 mph speed limit.

Investigators say the car left Platteview Road, hit a guardrail and burst into flames, killing 16-year-old driver Abigail Barth, 15-year-old Alexandria Minardi and Kloe Odermatt and Addisyn Pfeifer, both 16.. Fifteen-year-old Roan Brandon survived.

The report says Barth had a blood alcohol content of .09. Nebraska law sets the legal limit for those under 21 at .02. Investigators say all of the other girls, with the exception of Pfeifer, had some level of alcohol in their systems.

Authorities are seeking information on who may have provided the alcohol to the girls.

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