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Man, 90, dies after vehicle submerged in Kearney lake, officials say
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Man, 90, dies after vehicle submerged in Kearney lake, officials say

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KEARNEY — A 90-year-old man has been identified as the driver who died when his car was submerged in a Kearney lake Wednesday.

According to a Kearney Police Department Facebook post, Donald Corneer and his wife, 87, were in the Chevrolet Impala, and she was able to get out and was helped to shore by a bystander at Cottonmill Lake.

Emergency responders were called to the lake on the west edge of Kearney at 1:58 p.m. Kearney Police Dept. Lt. Jason Koetters said the man and his wife were driving at Cottonmill Park when their Chevrolet Impala went into the water on the southwest side of the lake.

Cottonmill Lake submerged car

Members of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department dive team, right, responded to Cottonmill Lake Wednesday afternoon after a car went into the lake.

Four police officers went into the water to look for the man, but were unsuccessful. Members of the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department dive team arrived and located the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Koetters said it’s unclear which direction the man was driving when he entered the lake. The investigation continues.

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