Fatal crash in Lancaster County

A Nebraska State Patrol cruiser sits near a wrecked SUV on the Northwest 48th Street exit from Interstate 80 on Wednesday. One of four teens ejected from the vehicle, 14-year-old Zayne Yost of Lincoln, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 14-year-old Lincoln boy died Wednesday in the crash of a stolen vehicle that was being pursued by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies.

The boy, identified by the Nebraska State Patrol as Zayne Yost, was pronounced dead after 8 a.m. at an Interstate 80 exit in northwest Lincoln, where he and three other boys were ejected from a 2003 Chevy TrailBlazer.

The three other boys — 16-year-old Andrew Fisher, 14-year-old Darius Hayes and Anthony Moreno, 15 — were taken to Bryan Medical Center facilities and were expected to survive, the patrol said.

The patrol said the stolen TrailBlazer was westbound on I-80 when its driver tried to exit onto Northwest 48th Street. The driver, who officials think was Hayes, failed to navigate the turn and the vehicle rolled, ejecting all four boys.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Nebraska State Patrol to investigate the incident. Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the patrol would comment on why deputies were chasing the vehicle.

Yost was a ninth-grader at Lincoln Northeast High School, according to a Lincoln Public Schools spokeswoman. Moreno attends Northeast, Hayes attends Lincoln High and Fisher attends Lincoln North Star, the spokeswoman said. An online fundraising account has been set up to help the family with expenses. 

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