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Man killed in I-80 collision near Utica remembered as active participant in Grand Island community

December 30, 2018

Authorities have identified the two people killed in a collision between a pickup and a semi near the Utica exit on Interstate 80 on Friday.

At 11:19 a.m., the eastbound pickup hit a patch of ice, lost control, slid through the median and collided with the westbound semi, according to the Seward County Sheriff’s Office.

The pickup’s driver, Kadar Mohamed, 30, and passenger, Maryan Serar, his mother, 58, both of Grand Island, were pronounced dead at the scene. The semi driver was taken to Memorial Hospital in Seward with a head injury, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation reported the interstate was partially ice-covered at the time of the crash.

Mohamed immigrated from Somalia and had become an active figure in the Grand Island community.

Stephanie Riak Akuei, who had become friends with Mohamed after meeting him several years ago, said he was a regular attendee and participant at local school-related meetings.

“He was an active participant and was very interested in making his views clear and communicating his experiences,” Riak Akuei said.

With his father, Mohamed owned Jubba Auto Sales in Grand Island, which Riak Akuei said was seeing success and continued growth under his management.

Mohamed is survived by his father, his wife and four children.

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