By Jordan Huether
A mother and son were killed and two people were airlifted following a head-on collision west of Rushville Friday evening.
According to the Sheridan County Attorney’s office, a two-vehicle accident, resulting in two fatalities occurred on February 23, 2018, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Highway 20, three miles west of Rushville.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports that 31-year-old William Hilton was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when he attempted to pass a semi truck. Hilton’s vehicle struck the westbound car of Lynell Cash of Pine Ridge head-on, resulting in the deaths of Cash, 46, and Waylon Cash, 14, who was riding in the front seat. The state patrol adds that 12-year-old Jessica Cash was riding in the back seat of the car and was airlifted to Rapid City Regional for unspecified injuries.
Hilton, who is listed with both Rushville and Chadron addresses, was also flown to Rapid City Regional. According to the state patrol, the use of restraints is unknown.
The county attorney’s office notes that the matter is still under investigation. It is unknown at this time whether alcohol may have been involved. The accident is being investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol, with the assistance of the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Department.
Funeral arrangements for Lynell and Waylon are being handled by Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, and are pending at this time.