A Nebraska State Trooper was struck by a Kia while sitting inside his marked cruiser on I-680 near Blondo St. overnight Tuesday. The Trooper was transported to Bergan Mercy with non life threatening injuries. The driver of Kia was transported in critical condition and later died from his injuries. Additional information and scanner audio is available below.
Injury Crash I-680 and Blondo
On Tues 13 March 18 at 0142 hrs, a marked NSP 2015 Dodge Charger cruiser was parked on the Northbound shoulder of I-680 near mile marker 3.8 (300′ north). The Charger was struck from behind by a Northbound 2008 Kia Sportage SUV. The Dodge and Kia both came to rest on the grass shoulder.
The Trooper and motorist, only occupants of both vehicles, were transported to Bergan Mercy Hospital by OFD Medics.
The Nebraska State Trooper was identified as:
Christopher Goodrich #467
Goodrich is being treated for a fractured arm. Goodrich is assigned to Troop A – Omaha. He was parked on the shoulder, completing a report when the crash occurred.
The Kia driver was identified as:
Avry Johnson dob 4-6-96
Johnson suffered chest injuries which were considered life-threatening. He died later this morning. In accordance with state law, an autopsy will be conducted.
I-680 northbound from approximately Nicholas to Blondo was restricted to one lane until 0355 hrs.
The crash is still under investigation at this time.
- Audio is edited to exclude dead air and unrelated audio
- Includes audio from the Northwest & Southwest Omaha Police Precincts
Two important lessons learned from this audio:
- The value of radio interoperability
- The Trooper was unable to reach his primary dispatch over his radio. However, because the radio was programmed to tie into the Douglas County Dispatch channels he was able to call for assistance.
- Lack of uniformity in location reporting
- Troopers generally report their location on the interstate system using mile markers (I-680 & Mile Marker 3). Omaha Police & Douglas County Dispatch generally report locations on the interstate system using cross street names (I-680 & Blondo). The lack of uniformity created some initial confusion between the injured Trooper, dispatcher, & responding assistance. This is an area for improvement between agencies in the future.
— Lt. Enrico Ramos (@OPDLtRamos) March 13, 2018
Good morning, Troop A! Unfortunately, we had another Trooper’s patrol unit struck from behind last night while the Trooper was inside completing paperwork. This was on I-680. Both the Trooper and the motorist were injured. We hope for a speedy recovery for both. #nspomahanights pic.twitter.com/AxPs5xIwoK
— NSP Lt. Sutter (@NSP_LtSutter) March 13, 2018
Glad to hear Trooper Goodrich is doing well.
Nebraskans, please keep your eyes on the road for your own well-being as well as for law enforcement, construction crews, and other motorists on the side of the road. #DriveSafe https://t.co/3oyVCsYEZ1
— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) March 13, 2018