An 8-year-old Papillion girl died Monday after a pickup truck slammed into the back of the minivan in which she was a passenger at 72nd and Main Streets in Ralston, police said.
Police identified her as Julia Brown.
The girl's mother and two sisters, as well as the pickup driver, were injured in the crash. They were expected to survive their injuries, Omaha Police Sgt. Doug Klein said.
The mother, 44-year-old Susan M. Brown, was driving a gold 2002 Honda Odyssey north on 72nd Street and was stopped at a red traffic light at Main when it was struck about 5:40 p.m., Klein said. Madeline Brown, 13, and Emily Brown, 10, also were riding in the vehicle.
The Browns and the pickup driver, 55-year-old Rodney D. Watkins of Omaha, were taken to Creighton University Medical Center. Paramedics worked to resuscitate Julia on the way. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police were investigating whether Watkins may have suffered a medical problem at the time of the collision.
Before his pickup hit Brown's vehicle, it struck another minivan, a white 1998 Dodge Caravan, about a block to the south. The driver of that vehicle was uninjured, Klein said.
Witnesses told police that the pickup had been speeding and traveling erratically. Accident investigators did not find indications that the pickup had been braking before hitting Brown's stopped minivan, Klein said.
Contact the writer: 402-444-1304, email@example.com