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UPDATE: DCSO identify two minors killed in crash on North River Drive

DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 08, 2023

UPDATE:
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) identified two minors killed in a crash near North River Drive.

Here's what we know from DCSO:

The two killed in the crash were identified as Ray Htoo, 16, and Eh Ywa Htoo, 16.

The three passengers injured in the crash were a 17-year-old female and two 13-year-old males.

After an exhaustive search of the burned remnants of the vehicle, it has been confirmed as being stolen from Omaha on the same date as the incident, said DCSO. The owner has been notified.

Authorities said speed, drugs, alcohol and reckless driving are considered as probable factors in the crash. Investigators believe some of the occupants have affiliations to a local street gang and are possibly related to a series of stolen Kia vehicles in the Omaha-Metro area.

According to DCSO, Ray Htoo, the deceased driver of the stolen vehicle, was under Juvenile Court supervision at the time of the crash. Since 2021, Ray Htoo had a history of arrests such as unlawful occupancy, theft by unlawful taking, felony flight to avoid arrest and firearm charges.

DCSO encourages anyone with further information to this incident to call the DCSO Tip-Line at (402) 444-6000.

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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Sunday morning crash that killed two people on North River Drive.

Here's what we know:

According to DCSO, on Sunday at 8:52 a.m., members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Services Bureau responded to a 911 call of a personal injury crash on North River Drive just south of the Washington County Line in Douglas County.

Authorities said upon arrival deputies and members of the Ponca Hills Fire Department found one vehicle in the west ditch fully consumed in fire. The vehicle, a Kia 4 Door sedan, appeared to have been northbound on North River Drive when it lost control and went off the road on the west side and struck a tree head-on. Ponca Hills Fire extinguished the fire.

Rescue personnel located four persons that had been in the crashed vehicle. One person was declared deceased at the scene and one person was transported with life-threatening injuries and died en route to the hospital, said DCSO. The remaining two persons were transported to UNMC with serious injuries.

North River Drive was closed at the Washington County Line and just north of 14400 North River Drive.

The investigation continues and is ongoing and still in its early stages.

The release of the victims’ identity will occur pending notification of next of kin.

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