Jeep crashes into tree in seat belt; 70-year-old North Platte man found dead

NORTH PLATTE — A 70-year-old man died after suffering what appears to be a medical event that resulted in a one-car accident Monday afternoon.

Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff John Stadler said the call came in about an accident on South Buffalo Road at about 3:15 p.m. Edward Johnson of North Platte was identified as the sole occupant of a Jeep heading north from Lake Maloney Road.

Johnson apparently had a “medical emergency,” during which his Jeep drove into a guardrail and hit a tree on Buffalo’s west side.

Johnson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown into the windshield. Stadler said authorities do not know if Johnson died from the medical emergency or from the accident.

No one witnessed the crash, but a passerby saw the vehicle, checked on the passenger and called 911.

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