Jul 30, 2020 10:53 PM

Nebraska Motorist Assist volunteer killed in Omaha crash

Posted Jul 30, 2020 10:53 PM

News Release NSP

OMAHA, Neb.-With great sadness, the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Department of Transportation, and Metropolitan Area Planning Agency announce the passing of John Holcomb, 70, of Omaha, who was a volunteer in the Metro Area Motorist Assist Program (MAMA). Holcomb was killed in a traffic crash this afternoon on Highway 75 in Omaha, while performing his motorist assist duties.

“We send our deepest condolences to John’s family,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “His service with the motorist assist program demonstrates his dedication to helping others and working to keep our roads safe. This is a tragic loss for his family, friends, and the entire motorist assist team.”

John Holcomb had served in the MAMA program since 2014. During his service, he logged thousands of miles on metro area roadways and assisted countless motorists in need of help.

“John was a great individual that volunteered many hours to assist to make the highways safer,” said Tim Weander, Nebraska Department of Transportation District 2 Supervisor. “John was out there helping us help you. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and thank John for his service.”

The MAMA program is coordinated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and has been serving metro area drivers since 1998. Dozens of volunteers have served during that time. Motorist assist volunteers work in two-person teams, which was the case during today’s crash. The other volunteer present at the crash was not injured.

The crash is being investigated by the Omaha Police Department.