The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who died in a Tuesday morning traffic accident as 44-year-old Shawn Dowse of Kearney. It occurred around 8:30am about two miles west of Hazard on Highway 2. Sheriff Michael Janulewicz says a pickup, driven by Dowse, collided head-on with a straight truck. The driver of the truck, 52-year-old Alan Nielsen of Litchfield, was transported to CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Nielsen was listed in fair condition late Tuesday afternoon. The Nebraska State Patrol and Litchfield Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Dowse is a former Kearney Catholic High School golf coach who was arrested last week on Kearney County charges of negligent child abuse, enticement by electronic communication device and contributing to the delinquency of a child.