By Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2020

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - The parents of four Gretna High School teenagers who died in a crash last year allege in a tort claim against Sarpy County that poor roadway design and negligent actions by the county contributed to the wreck.

A tort claim is the first step a private citizen must before suing the government, The Omaha World-Herald reported.

The claim said a section of the county road south of Omaha and a guardrail were “negligently designed, engineered, constructed and/or maintained.”

The single-car crash on June 17, 2019, killed 16-year-olds Abigail Barth, Kloe Odermatt and Addisyn Pfeifer and 15-year-old Alex Minardi, who all attended Gretna High School. A fifth teenager was seriously injured.

The vehicle veered off the road, came to rest in a creek and caught fire. Police have said the vehicle was going 90 mph and four of the five girls had alcohol in their systems.



The families said in a statement Wednesday they filed the tort claim to preserve their legal options and to prompt the county to make the road where the crash occurred safer.

Sarpy County spokeswoman Megan Stubenhofer-Barrett said county officials cannot comment on pending legal matters.

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