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Baumert killed in accident during storm

by Nathan Arneal
Posted 5/12/11

North Bend was shocked and saddened last Wednesday as news spread that it had lost one of its own.

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Linda Baumert of North Bend was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-car accident that took place shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.

Baumert, 49, was heading home from Schuyler, where she was a first grade teacher at Schuyler Elementary School, traveling east on Highway 30 about 2.5 miles west of North Bend. At the time of the accident, a severe thunderstorm was passing through the area. According to Dodge County Sheriff Steve Hespen, investigation indicates that Baumert lost control of the 2000 Ford Taurus she was driving on the wet highway, crossed the center line and collided with a 1998 Nissan Sentra traveling westbound.

The driver of the Sentra, 28-year-old Mario Rivera of Schuyler, was transported to Fremont Area Medical Center where he was treated and released. Two passengers in the Sentra, Socorro Marino, 33, and Wesley Rios Roman, 31, were also transported to FAMC and later moved to a hospital in Omaha.

North Bend Fire and Rescue, Schuyler Fire and Rescue, Morse Bluff Fire Department, Fremont Rescue, the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol aided the Dodge County Sheriff’s department in responding to the accident.

Baumert is survived by her husband Kurt of North Bend, and four children: Amy, a junior at NBC; Kelly, Tyler and Ashley Blanchard.

Mermorial services were held at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Bend Saturday, where hundreds of mourners not only filled the sanctuary, but spilled over into the Parish Center, where it was standing room only.

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