Alcohol, Speed Contributed To Gretna Crash That Killed Four Teen Girls Last Month

From left: Alexandria Minardi, 15, Addisyn Pfeifer, 16, Kloe Odermatt, 16, Roan Brandon, 15, and Abigail Barth, 16. (Provided Photo)
July 16, 2019 - 4:31pm

Alcohol and speed contributed to a car accident that killed four teen girls in Gretna last month, according to the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office. 

Five close friends, ages 15 and 16, crashed in a rural area on June 17. Four of the girls were killed and the fifth was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said in a statement Tuesday their investigation determined the car was going over 90 miles per hour on Platteview Road,  where the speed limit is 55.

Davis says the driver, 16-year-old Abigail Barth, had a blood alcohol content of .09. That’s above the legal limit of .08, and also violates Nebraska’s zero tolerance law, which sets the limit for anyone under age 21 at .02. 

Barth died along with 15-year-old Alexandria Minardi (BAC .02), 16-year-old Kloe Odermatt (BAC .1) and 15-year-old Addison Pfeifer (BAC .00). Roan Brandon, the only survivor, had a blood alcohol content of .05.

Early reports indicated the girls were at a party nearby, but Davis says there’s no evidence to corroborate that.

The investigation will now focus on where the teenage girls got the alcohol. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to report it through Crimestoppers: 402-592-STOP. 

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