A 19-year-old Columbus woman was struck by a vehicle and killed early Thursday morning in town, according to the Platte County Sheriff Ed Wemhoff
About 12:52 a.m. Thursday, deputies were dispatched to the vehicle-pedestrian accident on East 8th Street, approximately 1/2 mile west of East 29th Avenue.
The investigation indicated that a 1990 Chevy C1500 pickup, driven by 56-year-old Duncan resident Michael Hieb, had been traveling westbound on East 8th Street when the pickup he was driving struck Jaqueline Robledo, 19, of Columbus, who was walking westbound on East 8th Street.
Columbus Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and transported Robledo to Columbus Community Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
The pickup driven by Hieb did not stop at the scene but continued on, Wemhoff said. The sheriff also said Heib and the pickup were located a few minutes later by law enforcement. Hieb was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatality accident and housed at the Platte County Detention Center.
The Columbus Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol assisted in the locating and recovery of the pickup.
Damages to the pickup are estimated at $2,000. Alcohol is not suspected in the accident, Wemhoff said, adding that seat belts were in use at the time of the accident.
This accident remains under investigation by the Platte County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact the Platte County Sheriff’s Office at 402-564-3229 or Platte County Area Crime Stoppers at 402-563-4000.
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