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La Vista father and son identified as I-80 fatal crash victims; arrest made

Family and friends mourn loss of child and Creighton Univ. faculty member
Posted at 12:58 PM, Sep 05, 2021

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — On Saturday morning, an eight-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 (I-80) left two people dead and five others hospitalized. On Sunday, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) identified the two people who died as Mark Kaipust, 41, and Taylor Kaipust, 7, of La Vista.

RELATED: Two people dead, several injured in eight-vehicle crash on I-80

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Mark Kaipust

Mark Kaipust was an occupational therapist, coach and professor. Many are sharing messages in tribute to him and his son:

Creighton University said, "The Creighton community is devastated by the news of this terrible accident, and the loss of Mark and his son. Our thoughts and prayers are of course with their family, friends, and with Mark’s colleagues at Creighton and in the health community."

Junior Cougars Basketball, a nonprofit founded by Kaipust shared the following heart-wrenching post in honor of Mark and his son:

Gross Catholic Basketball shared this photo of the Kaipust family:

A statement was issued on behalf of the Kaipust family.

It reads:

"Our families are heartbroken over the loss of two people we love and will miss dearly – Mark and Taylor. We appreciate the outpouring of support and ask for prayers and privacy as we navigate this difficult time."

A gofundme has been to help the Kaipust family cover costs related to their loss.

The NSP said, “After preliminary investigation, investigators believe a semi, driven by Yorkwind Crawford, 50, of North Miami Beach, Florida, rear-ended another vehicle east of the 27th Street interchange. The semi then continued driving westbound for more than a mile and struck several other passenger vehicles west of the 27th Street interchange.”

Investigators believe speed and inattention were the primary causes of the crash.

Crawford was arrested and charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and was held in the Lancaster County Jail.

The crash, which occurred at approximately 9:25 a.m., is still under investigation.

Update:

Yorkwind Crawford, the driver of the semi who allegedly caused the wreck, will appear in court next on Oct. 21 at 10:00 a.m. in Lancaster County.

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