Arapahoe woman struck and killed

Thursday, October 4, 2007
Kasey Jo Warner

ARAPAHOE -- An Arapahoe mother of two was killed in a pedestrian-car accident Wednesday evening near Arapahoe.

The driver of the car has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and waits to be arraigned Friday in Furnas County court.

Kasey Jo Warner, 28, a biology teacher at McCook Community College and a former volleyball coach at Arapahoe High School, died when the westbound car, driven by a 34-year-old Keith County/Furnas County man, struck her on a county road southwest of Arapahoe at about 7:15 p.m.

Furnas County Sheriff Kurt Kapperman reported this morning that Warner was walking, eastbound, with her 3-year-old daughter, who was riding a small electric ATV behind her.

Warner was pronounced dead at the scene; her daughter was transported to Cambridge Memorial Hos-pital, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

A passenger in the car was also transported to the hospital, treated and released

Kapperman said that the driver has been charged with motor vehicle homicide, driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Bond has been set at $250,000 or 10 percent.

Kapperman's office declined to release the name of the driver until he can be arraigned.

Sheriff Kapperman said a farmer harvesting in a nearby field saw the accident and called 911.

Agencies involved in the investigation of the accident were the Furnas County Sheriff's Office, the Nebraska State Patrol and Holbrook/Edison/Arapahoe Fire and Rescue.

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  • What a horrible thing...god bless Kasey Jo. She was a great person and will be missed by all who met her.

    -- Posted by wbruch on Thu, Oct 4, 2007, at 1:46 PM
  • Kasey was an amazing person. Having been in her classes at MCC and seeing her with her daughters i can say she was an extremely intelligent young teacher with a great sense of humor and also a great mother. Having her taken from us a such a young age is tragic. We have lost an amazing and passionate person and my strongest sympathies goes out to her family and all those who knew her.

    -- Posted by corn on Thu, Oct 4, 2007, at 5:43 PM
  • Kasey will be missed by many. Not even being in any of her classes, she still made a tremendous impact on my life. That's how great she was. Her girls are wonderful. God bless her, and God be with her husband and her two little girls.

    -- Posted by tink on Thu, Oct 4, 2007, at 8:57 PM
  • Mrs. Warner was such a wonderful person. This just makes me almost ill, because it was a senseless tragedy! It could've been prevented! Because this person chose to drive intoxicated, two little girls will grow up without a mommy and her husband will have to go on without his wife, among hundreds of people who will have to go on without a wonderful teacher, friend, and person. I took classes from here and she was such an awesome person to learn from-she made it so much fun and made you really want to come to class. I also saw her with her daughters-what an AMAZING mom! She will definitely be missed now and always.

    -- Posted by ashleywalkington on Thu, Oct 4, 2007, at 9:42 PM
  • I was Kasey Jo's professor at UNK both during her undergraduate program and for her Masters Program which she completed by distance. Kasey was an incredibly organized student with high energy, and contagious enthusiasm. She did well at everything, balancing her family, her job, and her school work. Because of her outgoing nature, humor, and genuine kindness, everyone who knew her at UNK and all of the distance students who had an opportunity to interact with Kasey online will miss her. Our deepest sympathies go to Kasey's family and to her students. You all are in our thoughts.

    -- Posted by whoback on Fri, Oct 5, 2007, at 9:30 AM
  • Everyone will miss Kasey. I had her for my biology teacher my first year of college. She was a great teacher and a fun person. She will be missed dearly by everyone who loved her and knew her.

    -- Posted by vabowles on Fri, Oct 5, 2007, at 10:37 PM
  • I have known Kasey Jo since she was born, she was such a beautiful person inside and out and had touched so many peoples lives. We will miss her dearly. Our prayers will be with her family.

    -- Posted by wyoming on Sat, Oct 6, 2007, at 9:37 AM
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