OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Omaha Police are investigating a crash Monday on Highway 75 near Q Street just before Noon that killed a Bellevue teenager.
Police say 18-year-old Amanda Kost died after she lost control of her car and struck a car that was stopped with two others in the outside shoulder due to a mechanical problem. That car then hit the two others that had stopped. None of those vehicle occupants were hurt.
Paramedics took Kost to Nebraska Medicine where she died from her injuries.
Amanda's friend, Madeline Segrist, says she and Amanda met when they were in middle school and Madeline says they were instant friends. “Even though we didn't talk every day we were still there for each other,” said Segrist. She says it is still hard to grasp that she no longer has her close friend to turn to when times get hard.
Madeline says when she found out about Amanda, she broke down. “I chucked my phone across the room, I started crying, started screaming, I couldn't even talk, I didn't even really talk for about a good 45 minutes afterwards, I just thought why,” said Segrist. Madeline saw Amanda two days before the accident and she wishes they could have talked instead of just smiled and waved. “I wish that those two days ago that I saw her that I had sent a message and said hey just to let you know, that I miss you and I love you," said Segrist.
Moving on from the crash, Madeline says she takes comfort knowing that Amanda taught her to be strong and stick up for herself. “Now with Amanda’s help I have honestly progressed, where if somebody is rude to me and I haven't done anything wrong it's like well that doesn't matter, I can't control how other people are,” she said.
Services for Amanda will be held Saturday in Bellevue at John A Gentleman Mortuaries.