An 18-year-old teen who recently graduated from Ashland-Greenwood High School has died from injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle crash Friday night.
Claire Kresak, 18, was taken by medical helicopter from the crash scene to the Nebraska Medical Center, where she died Saturday evening, the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office said.
“The Ashland-Greenwood Community is deeply saddened by the loss of recent graduate, Claire Kresak,” the district said in a press release.
Kresak, who graduated May 10, was involved in band, yearbook, speech, one act and art during her time at Ashland-Greenwood High School, according to the district.
A crisis team was available to students and staff Sunday afternoon and will continue to be available at the high school in the coming weeks.
Kresak is the daughter of Gene and Teresa Kresak of Ashland.
The crash occurred near U.S. Highway 6 and Pflug Road, the Sarpy Sheriff’s Office said.
Another Ashland resident, 44-year-old Jeffrey A. Johnson, was injured in the collision but is expected to survive, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. He also was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center.
The crash, reported at 10:02 p.m. Friday, involved a red 2014 Ford Fusion driven by Kresak and a blue 2007 Hyundai Entourage minivan driven by Johnson.
Kresak had been traveling west on Highway 6 and was trying to pass another westbound vehicle when her car collided head-on with the eastbound minivan, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The highway was closed for about 4½ hours after the crash. The South Metro Crash Response Team was called in to help.