A Columbus man who died in a one-vehicle rollover crash on Feb. 13 near Richland was almost four-and-a-half times over the legal blood alcohol content level at the time of his death.
Edgar Ivan Aguilar Santoyo, 23, had a BAC of .357, according to Colfax County Attorney/Public Information Officer Denise Kracl (0.08 is the legal limit).
Santoyo was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred on Highway 30 at County Road 3, according to Kracl. This location is approximately 8 miles west of Schuyler and one-half mile north of the Richland turnoff, about 3 miles from the Platte County-Colfax County lines.
Colfax County Communications received a 911 call about the incident at approximately 1:49 a.m. that day.
Schuyler Fire and Rescue, the Colfax County Sheriff's Office, and the Nebraska State Patrol responded to the scene. The Columbus Police Department also assisted with the investigation.
Aguilar Santoyo was traveling westbound on Highway 30 when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, Kracl noted, mentioning that the vehicle rolled multiple times and ejected the driver.
“It’s very sad, and he was so young,” Kracl said. “That’s the part that breaks my heart – he had his whole life ahead of him. Our hearts go out to his family.”
Kracl said it’s unfortunately not the first time she’s come across a person drinking and driving, recalling another individual who was pulled over previously and had an even higher blood alcohol content level.
“It’s a devastating loss – especially when someone dies from something that is preventable,” Kracl said. “You can drink outside of your home as long as you’re over 21, and you can drive, but you just can’t drink and drive together.”
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