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Tort Claim Puts Gretna Couple On Path To Lawsuit

Jul 2, 2020

Credit Omaha World Herald

The parents of four Gretna teenagers who died in a crash last year have filed a tort claim against Sarpy County, alleging that the design of the road where the crash occurred contributed to their deaths. A tort claim is the first step a private citizen must take before suing the government. The Omaha World-Herald reports the girls' parents argue the county road south of Omaha near the crash site, and a guard rail along the road, were negligently designed, constructed and maintained. The four girls died June 17, 2019, when the car they were in veered off the road, came to a stop in a creek and caught fire.  Police have said the vehicle was going 90 mph and four of the five girls had alcohol in their systems.  The driver of the car had a blood alcohol reading of .09.