A strange and tragic twist of events has set a community on edge. A female high school freshman has been reported dead in a fiery car crash in Lincoln, Nebraska.
14-year-old Kaydance Potter had been reported missing on March 26th and had not been seen since. Her death in the car accident only generates more questions in the mysterious case.
Police say Kaydance was the driver of the stolen Honda Civic, that witnesses say was traveling a high rate of speed on surface streets in Lincoln.
Then, it appeared Potter lost control of the vehicle, smashing into two poles, splitting the car in half. A 19-year-old male, whose name has not been released, was reportedly a passenger in the car. His injuries were not serious and he was able to run to a nearby business to request assistance.
“According to the [police] report, the 19-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries to his hand and leg, and ran to a nearby Casey’s to have someone call 911 after the car crashed.”
Kaydance was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police did not disclose how Kaydance came into possession of the stolen vehicle or why a 14-year-old was driving. They also did not disclose the nature of the relationship between Kaydance and the 19-year-old man.
An investigation is underway to answer these and other pressing questions.
Mark Larson, Principal at Lincoln High School where Kaydance had been student prior to her disappearance, sent a letter to parents concerning the incident. In it, he confirmed that the 14-year-old freshman had passed away.
The following statement was released by the Lincoln Police Department:
“Between 3-26-2019 and the fatal motor vehicle collision that tragically claimed Kaydance’s life on 4-26-2019, multiple LPD officers attempted to locate Kaydance at several locations and tried unsuccessfully to contact her through friends, family, and social media.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Kaydance’s family and friends, and we ask the public respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Lincoln Police Captain Ryan Dale added that "there were no alcohol or drugs in the vehicle and 'no reason for us to believe she was intoxicated or anything.'"
This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates as they become available.