Sarpy County authorities on Wednesday asked again that the public come forward with information about who provided the alcohol to the Gretna teens killed last month in a crash.
The crash on the night of June 17 killed four Gretna girls and seriously injured another.
“Someone should be held accountable for it,” Chief Deputy Sarpy County Sheriff Greg London said. Anyone with information, he said, has a “moral obligation” to come forward. “We are still spending an enormous amount of time and resources to solve this case,” London said.
Officials are hoping to hear from some students and parents who they say have been reluctant to talk about the night of the crash.
Abigail Barth, 16, was driving a 2017 Ford Fusion at about 90 mph when it veered off Platteview Road just west of 180th Street, came to rest in a creek and caught fire.
The posted speed limit on Platteview Road is 55 mph.
Accident investigators determined that Barth had a blood alcohol reading of .09.
The crash killed Barth, Kloe Odermatt, 16, Addisyn Pfeifer, 16, and 15-year-old Alex Minardi. The girls were close friends who would have been juniors at Gretna High School this fall.
Their friend and classmate Roan Brandon, 15, suffered burns and a broken collarbone in the crash. She has been released from the hospital.
All but one girl, Pfeifer, had alcohol in their system, according to the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office. None of the girls was wearing a seat belt, officials said.
The girls were not at a party that night, authorities said Wednesday. They seemed to have spent most of the night in the parking lot at Gretna High School and then left for a drive. Officials think the girls were headed to one of their houses.
Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis previously said authorities have interviewed dozens of people to piece together what happened the night of the crash and how the girls obtained alcohol.
In Nebraska, it is illegal for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. The legal drinking age in the state is 21. It’s illegal for people in the state who are younger than 21 to have a blood alcohol reading above .02.