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Bloomington woman dies in pedestrian crash in Nebraska

A Bloomington woman was killed and her mother is hospitalized following a crash in Nebraska on Sunday when they were hit while walking on a dirt road.

According to media reports, Katelyn Einck was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Ogallala in southwestern Nebraska.

Einck’s mother, 61-year-old Patricia O’Meara, also of Bloomington, was taken to Ogallala Community Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Investigators said Einck and O’Meara were walking east along a dirt road around 6:15 a.m. Sunday when they were hit by a westbound SUV driven by a 14-year-old. Witnesses said the teen did not see the pedestrians in time to stop.

Authorities said the angle of the sun may have obstructed the driver’s vision.

In Nebraska, drivers are eligible to apply for a school learner’s permit at age 14.

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