Motorcycle Helmets Do Save Lives–Helmet Use Credited in Hwy 24 Accident on Sunday Morning

At about 11:40 a.m. on Sunday morning the Stanton County Sheriff’s office responded to and investigated a pickup/motorcycle accident at the intersection of Hwy 24 and Crown Road just East of Norfolk. The accident occurred when a westbound motorcycle on Hwy 24 driven by Timothy Schmitt, 72, of Norfolk was slowing to make a left hand turn onto Crown Road and was struck from behind by a pickup, driven by Cadin Brandt, 18, of Stanton. The collision caused the motorcycle to slide about 90 feet from impact on the highway onto the south shoulder ejecting Schmitt. The helmet that Schmitt was wearing showed extensive damage to it and is credited with lessening the injuries and possibly preventing death. Schmitt was taken to FRHS in Norfolk by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The left turn signal on the motorcycle was activated at the time of the collision. The motorcycle was towed from the scene and the highway was partially blocked for about 45 minutes. Norfolk Fire and Rescue and Stanton Rescue also responded to the scene as did Stanton County Emergency Management. Brandt was cited for not having a valid drivers license.

Scene of Motorcycle/Truck Accident on Hwy 24
Helmet Use Credited With Preventing Catastrophic Injuries