Bassett Woman Dies In Buffalo County Traffic Accident That Claims Two Lives


From Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office – The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on a rural county gravel roadway that was reported at 2:55 AM on Saturday, February 4, 2017 on Daykin Rd near 235th Rd northwest of Amherst, NE.  The exact time of the crash is unknown at this time.

According to preliminary investigation, a 2008 Ford F-350 was traveling northbound on Daykin Rd when it left the roadway, entered the west ditch and rolled coming to rest in the ditch.  The driver of the vehicle, Kalen Pfeiffer, age 23 of rural Amherst, NE was accompanied by 5 adult passengers, 2 males and 3 females.  Two of those passengers died of injuries at the scene; Amber Frerichs, Age 21 of Bassett, NE and Neal Maloley, age 29, of Kearney, NE.  The driver and remaining 3 persons were transported by ambulance to the CHI Good Samaritan Hospital.  The Buffalo County Attorney’s Office has ordered an autopsy.

Assisting deputies were members of the Kearney Police Department, Kearney / Buffalo County Fatality Accident Reconstruction Team, Amherst Volunteer Fire and Rescue, CHI GSH paramedics, Buffalo County Attorney’s Office and Buffalo County Highway Department.

UNK Statement On Death of Student Amber Frerichs – University of Nebraska at Kearney statement on the death of student Amber Frerichs, who died in a vehicle accident early Saturday morning northwest of Amherst.

Frerichs was a junior at UNK from Bassett majoring in Exercise Science. She was studying to become an athletic trainer and worked in Campus Recreation.

“Amber Frerichs was an active participant in student life and activities at UNK, particularly in Campus Recreation and our Wellness Center. Many knew her and will miss her. We’re offering counseling resources for our campus community. It’s devastating for us, but more so for her family and friends, who our hearts go out to. “

Funeral Services for Amber A. Frerichs age 21 of Bassett will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 10:30 A.M. at the Rock County High School Gymnasium in Bassett. Burial will follow in the Bassett Memorial Park Cemetery.   Amber Frerichs died Saturday from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Amherst, Nebraska. Visitations for Amber Frerichs will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017  from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Hoch Funeral Home in Bassett and on Saturday prior to the time of service at the Rock County High School Gymnasium.  In lieu of flowers memorials have been suggested to the family for a future scholarship in Amber’s name.