Motorcyclist killed in crash was off-duty fireman

May 30, 2014

WATERLOO, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist killed early Friday in a head-on crash with a pickup was an off-duty Omaha firefighter, and the truck driver likely faces criminal charges.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened near 240th and Pacific Streets, just south of Waterloo, around 12:20 a.m. Friday when the southbound truck crossed the center line, hitting the motorcycle head-on.

Investigators say 37-year-old Scott Petersen was killed instantly. The Omaha Fire Department says Petersen was a hazardous materials technician who had been with the department for more than seven years. The married father also was a member of the state Urban Search and Rescue Team.

The truck driver, from Fremont, was not hurt. Police believe he may have been drinking alcohol before the crash.

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