PLATTSMOUTH – A 4-year-old child died on Christmas Day from injuries suffered in a car accident on Dec. 15 in which three other people died.
Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann said his office around 6:20 p.m. on Dec. 25 received information from the University of Nebraska Medical Center that Alexis Bernabe Pasqual died in the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care at 4:55 p.m. The death was witnessed by an attending physician.
According to Brueggemann, Pasqual was unrestrained and had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in the accident in which four vehicles were involved on Interstate 80 near Ashland around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15.
It was determined that a SUV was traveling east by mile marker 423 when it lost control on the snow-covered road and clipped a 2012 Mini Cooper, also traveling east. That vehicle spun out of control and ended up in the median.
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The SUV lost complete control after clipping the Mini Cooper, and ended up going into the interstate’s westbound lanes where it hit a minivan head on.
That collision caused the SUV to roll and hit a westbound truck.
Two Lincoln teenagers in that SUV, Domingo Pascual Velasquez, 19, and Erica Rafael, 15, were ejected and died at the scene. A 10-year-old girl, Heidy Diaz, also of Lincoln, later died at an Omaha hospital.
Several others with injuries were transported to Omaha hospitals.