Marysville Resident Killed In Double Fatality Crash In Gage County Friday Evening


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A fatality accident was reported Friday evening in Gage County.

According to the Gage County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 77 near Sycamore Road at approximately 6:43 p.m.

The investigation shows that a 2017 silver Mitsubishi Lancer driven by 31-year-old Cristgen Crouch of Marysville was northbound on Highway 77, crossed the center line, and hit a 2009 silver Honda van that was traveling south on Highway 77. The van was driven by 72-year-old James Gallahue of Fort Collins, Colorado. Both drivers were pronounced dead on scene.

Law enforcement believe that speed and use of a cellular phone contributed to the accident. Seatbelts were in use in both vehicles with air bags deployed. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Beatrice and Wymore Fire & Rescue responded, along with help from the Nebraska State Patrol.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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