Names released in I-29 fatal Sunday


June 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says one man from Omaha and one from Logan died during a crash this (Sunday) morning on Interstate 29, in Pottawattamie County. Officials say 18-year old Alvaro Rodriguez, of Omaha, and 37-year old Obed Orozco, of Logan, died during the scene of the crash on northbound I-29, two-miles north of the Crescent exit. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.

Injured in the crash, was the driver of a 1999 Chevy Tahoe, Joel Garcia-Lucero, of Omaha, and two passengers in his vehicle: 25-year old Mario Amaya-Elizalde, and 27-year old Alejandro Gardea, both of Omaha.  Amaya-Elizalde and Gardea were wearing seat belts, but Garcia-Lucero was not.  A passenger in the other vehicle, 25-year old Nicholas Miller, of Glenwood, was also injured. He was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, by Crescent Rescue. Officials say he was wearing his seat belt. The other injured passengers were transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha.

The Patrol says the accident happened at around 9-a.m, when the Tahoe tried to to pass a 2001 VW Passat driven by 49-year old Richard Miller, of Pacific Junction, as both vehicles were in the right-hand lane of I-29 northbound. The SUV went out of control and crossed back into the right lane, hitting the VW. Both vehicles went into the east ditch and rolled several times before coming to rest in the ditch. Rodriguez and Orozco were ejected as the Tahoe rolled, and died at the scene.

And, while the accident remains under investigation, officials said the SUV was littered with beer cans and reeked of alcohol