Patrol ID’s crash victim

Authorities have released the name of a 23-year-old man who died in a vehicle rollover Tuesday evening on U.S. Highway 281 south of Doniphan.

Moises Pablo-Guarcas of Grand Island was killed when a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer rolled over multiple times on the four-lane highway, said Lt. Bill Keeling of the Nebraska State Patrol.

Pablo-Guarcas was a passenger in the vehicle being driven by Mario Verdugo-Perez, 23, of Grand Island. Verdugo-Perez was southbound near Rainforth Road about 7:42 p.m. when the crash occurred.

Verdugo-Perez had passed a southbound pickup and was attempting to change into the driving lane when he overcorrected, Keeling said. The vehicle went out of control and rolled several times. It went through the median and across the northbound lanes of the highway before landing in the ditch.

The pickup wasn’t impacted in the crash.

Pablo-Guarcus, a Guatemalan native, was unrestrained and died when he was ejected from the vehicle.

Verdugo-Perez and two other passengers, Eduardo Sebastian, 27, and Gilberto Chavez, 24, both of Grand Island, were taken to St. Francis Medical Center by ambulance.

Sebastian was transferred by helicopter to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he was in critical condition this morning. Verdugo-Perez and Chavez were treated and released.

Chavez was reportedly using a seat belt at the time of the crash, but it is unknown if the other two were restrained.

An accident reconstructionist with the Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the crash.

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