ALEXANDRIA, S.D. — A Miami East High School graduate who was injured and her husband killed in a car accident in Omaha, Neb., has been upgraded to good condition, according to her family.
Miami East High School grad Emily (Chappie) Hrubes was traveling in a car on Thursday, Aug. 20, with her husband, Ryan, along with a well-known Omaha pastor and his wife, Ty and Terri Schenzel, both of whom also were killed, according to KETV Channel 7 in Omaha.
Emily Hrubes, 26, daughter of Mike and Patty Chappie of Casstown, was the lone survivor of the accident.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our son-in-law, Ryan Hrubes, and Pastor Ty and Terri Schenzel, who were great mentors to Emily and Ryan,” Patty Chappie said in a statement. “Emily and Ryan looked up to the Schenzels in their faith and marriage example. Emily asks that everyone keep Ryan’s family and the Schenzel family in their prayers.”
Patty Chappie said the family appreciates the support from the community.
“We are so grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support we have received from our families, friends and communities,” Patty Chappie said. “We don’t understand why bad things happen but we are so grateful that Ryan, Ty and Terri knew a life with the Lord. That makes us at peace that they are not lost but are called to do God’s work from a greater place.”
The accident happened along Interstate 90 about three miles east of Alexandria, S.D.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol said a pickup truck heading east in the westbound lanes of I-90 about 4:30 p.m. Thursday struck another vehicle head-on, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.
The pickup truck driver, 75-year-old David Wise, of Salem, S.D., was killed.
Ryan Hrubes was driving the other vehicle, the South Dakota State Patrol said.
Ryan Hrubes was a graduate of Iowa State University and from Garner, Iowa, and an account representative with Dow Agro Sciences. Emily Hrubes is a graduate of The Ohio State University, a business manager with Union Pacific and is a board member of Omaha’s Literacy Center.
The couple married last November in Omaha.
“Our faith assures us that God will provide for Emily and all those touched by this tragedy and guide us through this life-changing direction,” Patty Chappie said.
KETV Channel 7 in Omaha contributed to this story