Motorcyclist Killed in I-80 Crash; Other Driver Jailed


By Andrea Hay, Asst. News Director SUBSCRIBE HERE:

A 58-year-old female is dead after her motorcycle was hit by a vehicle on interstate 80 near Hall County on Monday. The driver who allegedly hit her – Kathy Teichmeier, 34, of Almena, Kansas – is behind bars, and will be charged with felony motor vehicle homicide. The victim's name will not be released until tomorrow, but Hall County officials said she is a resident of Lincoln.

Just after 4 p.m., Hall County Sheriff's Office was notified of an injury accident involving two motorcycles and a passenger car. The accident occurred on Interstate 80, at approximately mile marker 315.

Officials said their preliminary investigation determined that a 2000 Kia driven by Teichmeier was eastbound on I-80. The vehicle was occupied by Ms. Teichmeier and five minor children, between the ages of 8-13.

Police report the Kia was in the right driving lane and suddenly decided to make a u-turn at the emergency crossing located just east of the rest area. Two motorcycles were in the left passing lane, behind the Teichmeier vehicle. One motorcycle was approximately 30 feet ahead of the other. The Kia struck the first motorcycle, a 2012 Harley Davidson on the rear wheel then the second motorcycle, a 2008 Harley Davidson, struck the driver side rear door ejecting the operator.

The female victim was operating the second motorcycle, and was transported to and died at the hospital. The female's 60-year-old husband was operating the first motorcycle. He was able to bring the motorcycle under enough control. He sustained no injuries.

Both motorcyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Teichmeier and her passengers reported wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. Ms. Teichmeier and four of the minor children reported minor injuries. They were transported to St. Francis and later released.

Teichmeier, now in custody, had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on no proof of financial responsibility out of Custer County. The children were released to a friend of the family. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor at this time.

Hall County officials will release the name of the deceased tomorrow.