Third Hastings family member dies in Highway 6 collision

Hastings residents Gary Isom, 53, his wife Susan, 52, and
his daughter Tiffany Isom, 26, were killed in a two-vehicle
collision Thursday in Clay County.

A third Hastings resident involved in the collision of a sports utility vehicle and semitrailer truck at the junction of U.S. Highway 6 and Nebraska Highway 14 North Thursday morning has died, officials confirmed over the weekend.

Tiffany Isom, 26, a 2014 graduate of Central Community College, was killed Thursday along with her father, Gary, 53, and stepmother Susan, 52, when a trailer truck reportedly ran through the stop sign at Highway 6 and entered the intersection around 5 a.m.

The driver of the semitrailer truck, Kenneth Johnson, 53, of Eagle, faces manslaughter charges in the collision.

The lone surviving family member in the accident, Justin Isom, 16, is being treated for his injuries at a Lincoln hospital and is expected to recover from them, family members said this morning.

Relatives from Texas, Florida, Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska gathered in Hastings over the weekend to help put the family’s affairs in order.

A memorial service is slated for 2 p.m. Thursday at North Shore Assembly of God Church.

“It’s a horrible thing,” said Dean Burmood, 55, of Tampa, Florida, older brother of Susan Isom. “Every time I wake up, it’s kind of like, ‘Is this really happening?’ We’re dealing OK with everything.

“They were just regular, everyday people who had only friends and no enemies. Both of them (Gary and Susan) worked regular jobs paid the bills, and did the best they could. They were heading to Texas for a four-day weekend to see Stephanie, Gary’s daughter from a previous marriage. Susan was excited that she was going to see another member of the family.”


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