- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - One motorcyclist died and three others were injured when a car crashed into a group of riders who were escorting a veteran’s body home to Nebraska.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1KDz9AH ) the crash happened Saturday afternoon on Interstate 80 near Atlantic, Iowa when about 125 motorcyclists and other vehicles were escorting Bill Henry’s body to Nebraska.

The Iowa State Patrol said 81-year-old Donald Kerby of Des Moines struck the motorcycles when he changed lanes to avoid a trailer on the right shoulder. Thirty-eight-year-old Ryan Lossing of Omaha, Nebraska, died and three other riders were hurt.

The fatal crash echoed the events near Manassas, Virginia, that caused Henry’s death earlier this month.

The 69-year-old Army veteran died Sept. 14, two weeks after suffering head injuries while helping provide a motorcycle escort for six West Coast veterans being transported to Arlington National Cemetery for burial.

Henry co-founded and helped lead the Nebraska chapter of the Missing in America Project. That group works with funeral homes to return unclaimed remains of veterans to family members and arrange for military burials.

“It’s a very sad loss for us. It was bittersweet getting Bill home,” said friend Larry Schaber, who founded the chapter with him.

Henry’s wife Patty said he wanted to be buried in the Omaha National Cemetery, which is under construction, so his funeral and memorial service won’t be held until that opens in the fall of 2016.

Saturday’s crash injured John Chase, 33, of Pacific Junction, Iowa; William J. Schurevich, 56, of Fremont, Nebraska; and Christina Lossing, 38, of Omaha, Nebraska. Their injuries weren’t described by the patrol.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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