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Alcohol, Speed Probable Factors in Crash That Killed Teen and Injured Another

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Nicole Ebat

OMAHA (KPTM)- One teen killed and another seriously hurt in an overnight car crash near 208th and Dodge.  Police say the driver was probably drinking and driving too fast.  Police say neither teen was wearing a seat belt.

18-year-old Jacob Dickmeyer died at the scene.  19-year-old Colby Burke is at the hospital in fair condition.

Family and friends gathered at the scene Monday.

"Everybody always said, oh he's never going to wreck. He's always going to be fine, but here we are. I guess it could happen to anybody," said Ben Griff, close friend of Dickmeyer.

Griff and others never thought they'd be standing on the side of a highway crying over a friend's death.

"He had a good job, I mean he had his whole life set out in front of him. He started working at Valmont, was making good money. He had his own vehicle, he was about to move out he was 18 years old and was ready to start his whole life and wrecked it all with one drunk driving accident," said Griff.

Friends say Dickmeyer was thrown from the car after it rolled along Dodge near 208th street.  He died at the scene.  Police say it isn't clear yet who was driving.

"Drinking and driving is not the way to go. It's probably really stupid, people think it's just ok to go ahead and drive 'oh I'll be fine' no, no it's not ok," said Sara Hiers, close friend of Dickmeyer.

"No one should have to feel the pain of losing a child, a brother, a best friend anything. It's the worst feeling in the world," said Erin Korene, close friend of Dickmeyer.

Friends say they wish the driver made a different choice, but now trying to remember him for the way he lived, not the way he died.

"I love that man to death, dead or not I'll do anything for him. Still to this day," said Griff.

Some of the boys' friends will hold a fundraiser to help out Burke's family.  They said he does not have health insurance to cover his hospital stay or more treatment.

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