Police Express “Sincere Regret” Over Mis-Identification Of Accident Victim

Lincoln, NE (June 10, 2022) Lincoln Police responded today about a misidentification in which they noted that a woman, injured in a May 29 crash, was incorrectly pronounced dead by an LPD Officer.

18-year-old Hannah Wadiso was one of two people pinned underneath a Ford Taurus that careened into a crowd of people after a May 29 crash on O Street. Hannah’s father said he got a phone call that his daughter was injured in an accident. When he arrived at the police scene, he said officers told him his daughter died.

Early Monday morning, Hannah’s father received another call. This time with the news his daughter was alive, but, she was in critical condition at Bryan Hospital.

Below is the full press release by LPD Chief Teresa Ewins:

We want to share with you some information I was just made aware of yesterday afternoon regarding the devastating Memorial Day weekend crash here in Lincoln that has since been reported on by the media.

While evaluating our response to the fatal crash that occurred at 52nd and ‘O’ Street on Sunday, May 29th we discovered a devastating miscommunication with a family member at the scene.

The family member, Tesfaye Alibe, was called to the scene by a bystander who told him his daughter, Hannah, was hit by a vehicle. When Mr. Alibe arrived, he ran to one of the cars involved in the crash, pointed to one of the deceased, and told the officers it was his daughter. The officers, who had just been performing life-saving measurers, confirmed she had not survived.

Mr. Alibe stayed on scene with officers and as additional information was gathered on his daughter it was determined she was not one of the young women killed in the vehicle. Hannah was one of the bystanders injured in the crash and had been taken to the hospital where she was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

We recognize the grief this tragic misunderstanding caused for all involved. We continue to work with Mr. Alibe and have acknowledged our sincere regret. We are grateful to report Hannah’s condition is improving and hope for the continued improvement of the 19 additional victims.

LPD Chief Teresa Ewins