Man Charged In Ashland Officer's Death
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Man will be charged in the motorcycle death of an Ashland police officer. It's been two months since the driver hit officer Daniel Ottis on Highway 6 near Gretna.
Search warrants filed by the Nebraska State Patrol outline what they were looking for during the investigation. Shawn Stryker is now charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide.
On August 7th, authorities say Stryker slammed into the back of a stopped vehicle turning on Highway 6 at 234th Street. That car then hit Ottis' motorcycle almost head-on. He died at the scene.
Daniel Ottis was a 10-year veteran of the Ashland Police Department and a patriot guard rider. He was not on duty at the time of the crash.
The Nebraska State Patrol says there were no tire marks indicating Stryker's vehicle was braking, and they were looking into whether he was using his cell phone at the time of the crash. They also looked at data collecting devices inside the airbag and other devices in Stryker's truck. The report indicates Stryker may have been going 66 miles per hour before impact.
The Sarpy County Attorney’s Office calls this an "unintentionally caused death" which is a Class III Felony, but says Stryker was engaged in "unlawful operation of a motor vehicle." The criminal complaint says Stryker will have his first court date on October 31st.