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Koberstein gains peace of mind in reconnecting with accident victim PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

At 6 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011, Carolyn Koberstein and Chip Scheunemann of Holyoke were the first on the scene of a terrible accident on Interstate 80, 10 miles west of Chappell, Neb.

Koberstein still shudders when thinking about the state of the young college student after his pickup rolled about four times over westbound lanes, through the median and over eastbound traffic lanes, landing on its top.

She says it’s truly a miracle that he survived, as the young man she saw three years ago at the scene of that accident was in horrendous shape.

In the caring way typical for Koberstein, she made contact with the young man’s parents and has stayed in touch.

It was an emotional reunion last Wednesday, Aug. 13, when accident victim Colten Blanchard from Sulphur, La., stopped at Scheunemann’s Dep Store to meet Koberstein and Scheunemann.

Carolyn Koberstein, pictured at left, and Colten Blanchard meet face to face in Holyoke last week. Koberstein and Chip Scheunemann were first on the scene of a rollover accident three years ago that Blanchard miraculously survived.          —Enterprise photo

Koberstein said not a day goes by that she doesn’t think about Blanchard and that terrible early-morning accident. Seeing how good he looks now gave her true peace of mind, she said a couple of days after his visit.

Blanchard, as well as Koberstein and Scheunemann, were headed to Cheyenne Frontier Days that fateful morning three years ago.

Blanchard, a bareback horse rider, had competed in a rodeo the night before and had driven across Nebraska to be a spectator at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

He said last week that he can’t remember the trip across Nebraska at all. He woke up in the hospital in Scottsbluff, Neb.


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Holyoke Enterprise Aug. 21, 2014