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UPDATE: Saunders County Sheriff's Office identify victim of fatal crash Friday morning

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Apr 14, 2023

UPDATE: A 48-year-old Lincoln man died after an early Friday morning single-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 79 between County Road E and County Road F, which is about three miles North of Valparaiso, Neb.

Here's what we know:

According to the Saunders County Sheriff's Office, it was determined that sometime prior to 5:14 a.m. a 2006 Buick Rendezvous driven by Terel L. Johnson had been traveling northbound on Highway 79 when it allegedly struck a cow in the roadway, said authorities. After striking the cow, the Buick left the roadway and hit a tree.

Johnson, who was alone in the vehicle, was declared deceased at the scene.

Next of kin have been notified and the investigation is still ongoing.

At this time, there are no known witnesses to the accident. If anyone has any information, please contact the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office at (402) 443-1000.

Saunders County Deputies were assisted by Valparaiso Fire and Rescue at the scene.

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