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Sheriff releases name of passenger killed in collision

December 3, 2018

MEAD, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a woman who was fatally injured in a collision with a semitrailer in eastern Nebraska’s Saunders County.

The accident occurred around 7 p.m. Sunday on Nebraska Highway 92 about a mile and a half (3 kilometers) west of Mead. The Saunders County Sheriff’s Office says the eastbound pickup went out of control and was struck broadside by the westbound semi, which was being driven by 53-year-old James Cooler, of Smithland, Iowa.

The sheriff’s office says the passenger was pronounced dead at a hospital in Wahoo. She’s been identified as 52-year-old Peggy Havener. She lived in Fremont. The pickup driver was identified as her husband, 58-year-old Scott Havener. He was taken to a Lincoln hospital.

Another eastbound pickup sustained minor damage when it collided with the other pickup.

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