A North Platte woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 just west of Lincoln on Friday evening.
Ladonna Schmidt, 57, was at the wheel of an eastbound Chevrolet TrailBlazer that crashed about 7:50 p.m. Two others were in the vehicle: an adult who suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening and a child who was not injured.
According to Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas, Schmidt was attempting to pass a semitrailer truck about 3 miles west of Lincoln city limits. The Chevy crossed back from the left lane across the right lane and into the ditch, where it struck a guardrail and a pillar.
Schmidt was ejected from the vehicle. She was later pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle came to rest on its side.
Investigators believe Schmidt was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The passenger was belted in and the child was in a car seat in back.