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Nebraska authorities make arrest in motorcyclist’s death

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 19:15:49-04

LA PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Nebraska have made an arrest in the crash death of a motorcyclist.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Michael Burch was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony vehicular homicide, willful reckless driving and leaving the scene of the Aug. 13 crash on U.S. Highway 75, a few hundred yards south of U.S. Highway 34.

The crash killed 47-year-old Jody Emmert, of Bellevue. Investigators say Emmert was operating a motorcycle that collided with another vehicle, triggering a secondary crash between a work van and a pickup truck that were trailing the motorcycle. Investigators say Burch had been driving in a willfully reckless manner when the crash happened. Officials say Burch did not stop after the collision, but later returned to the scene.