1 dead after truck strikes two assisting with flat tire along U.S. Highway 77 Friday evening

December 16, 2018

One woman is dead after a pickup truck struck two people assisting with a flat tire along U.S. Highway 77 south of Lincoln early Friday evening.

The pickup, a 2010 GMC Sierra K1500 driven by a 74-year-old Beatrice man, was traveling south on Highway 77 near West Hallam Road when it hit the two people about 7:45 p.m.

They were helping a car stopped on the west shoulder of the road north of Cortland.

Vonnell Briggs, 42, of Lincoln, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Karen Meyer, 61, of rural Cortland, was taken to a hospital in a helicopter and is in critical but stable condition, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing, and an autopsy has been ordered.

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