Jody Emmert Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Highway 75 in Sarpy County; Michael Burch Arrested

Sarpy County, Nebraska (September 6, 2019) – The authorities have made an arrest in connection to the chain-reaction crash that left a motorcyclist dead last month in Sarpy County.

The fatal crash happened around 4:30 p.m. August 13, on Highway 75, near Highway 34.

Deputies said Michael Burch, 35, of Iowa, was driving his minivan recklessly on the highway when he collided with a motorcycle ridden by 47-year-old Jody Emmert. The crash caused a second crash involving a work van, driven by Keith Jones, 42, of Omaha, and a Ford F-150, driven by Stephanie Orr, 47, of Plattsmouth.

Burch left the scene after the crash but later returned.

Emmert was killed in the crash.

Orr was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

One of the passengers in the Ford, a 13-year-old, sustained a mild injury caused by a seat belt.

Burch was arrested on Thursday. He faces charges of felony motor vehicle homicide, willful reckless driving, and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash.

An investigation is ongoing.

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