BEATRICE – A car that Gage County Sheriff’s officers say was drifting from lane-to-lane from Lancaster County into Gage County, struck a light pole near U.S. Highway 77 and Nebraska Highway 41, south of Cortland.
Sheriff’s officials say the incident happened last Wednesday afternoon. Deputies were sent to an accident initially reported as a rollover.
A witness had reported to Southeast Communications Center that a driver in a silver Toyota with no license plates was not staying in her lane. Following the witness call, the car struck the light pole two-and-a-half miles south of Cortland.
Deputies arriving on the scene spoke with the witness, who pointed out the driver of the car. 23-year-old Tori Schultz, of Fairbury, was taken by ambulance to Bryan LGH West Medical Center in Lincoln.
Law officers investigating the crash say Schultz had been drifting from lane to lane on U.S. Highway 77, from about Saltillo Road, in Lancaster County. After passing through Cortland, the vehicle drifted off the right side of the highway, narrowly missing a stalled vehicle on the shoulder. The Toyota then struck the light pole and drove into the ditch, stopping about two hundred feet away.
Authorities say Schultz had borrowed the car from a friend, who had purchased it two days earlier, in Lincoln. A sheriff’s investigator says alcohol use is not suspected in the accident and Schultz was not wearing a seatbelt. Driver and passenger-side airbags deployed in the collision.
Cortland and Clatonia Rescue units responded to the scene.