Scottsbluff, Neb. (RELEASE from Scottsbluff County Sheriff’s Office) April 26th, 2023 —
On April 25, 2023 at 4:22 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the area of Lake Minatare Road and County Road 24 for a two vehicle accident that included a rollover with several victims. Investigation revealed that a Ford pickup driven by Dennis Little, age 75 of rural Minatare, was eastbound on Lake Minatare Road and crossed the center line, colliding with a westbound Ford Explorer. The driver of the Explorer, a 16-year-old male, swerved and avoided a head on collision but the vehicles did collide, causing the Explorer to roll. Occupants of the Explorer included three juveniles and their mother, all from the same family.
A 13 year-old juvenile male and his 39 year-old mother, Claudia Diaz of Scottsbluff, were transported to Regional West Medical Center by Valley Ambulance. The juvenile male was transferred to Denver for a broken arm in multiple places. Ms. Diaz was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Dennis Little was uninjured but was cited for Driving Left of Center and Careless Driving.
All occupants from both vehicles were wearing their seatbelts.
The Scottsbluff Rural Fire Department also assisted with this incident.