Bluffs woman critically injured during crash


June 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Council Bluffs residents were injured when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car Wednesday night in Council Bluffs. A passenger on the cycle, 26-year old Kristine Freeman, suffered life-threatening injuries. She, along with the driver of the 2006 Suzuki, 39-year old Jeramy McCollum, were transported to the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue. McCollum’s injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. Officials say neither of the riders were wearing a helmet.

According to Council Bluffs Police, the accident happened just after 9:45-p.m., when a 2000 Dodge Intrepid driven by 23-year old Joshua Ourada, of Omaha, attempted to turn left onto MidAmerican Drive from northbound South 24th Street. Investigators say when he turned in front of the southbound motorcycle, the vehicles collided. Ourada was not injured.

McCollum and Freeman were ejected from the cycle. Speed and alcohol were NOT believed to be factors in the crash. Citations were being withheld, pending completion of the accident investigation.