Highway 6 traffic accident claims lives 3 Davenport residents


August 17, 2023

Tragedy struck this Davenport family last Wednesday when a motor vehicle accident on Highway 6 claimed two lives and sent three youngsters to the hospital. This picture is from a social media post advising readers of opportunities to donate to accounts opened in area banks to help the family. For details see the accompanying story.

A Davenport mother and child were killed and three other family members hospitalized when their vehicle collided with a semi-trailer truck traveling on Highway 6 near the Clay and Adams county line last Wednesday.

Nicole Pavelka, 30, and Ryker Schlichtman, 8, were pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Two other family members, one 11-years-old and and a 10-year-old were taken to Children's Hospsital in Omaha with serious injuries. A fifth family member, 9-years-old, was taken to the Hastings hospital.

The driver of the truck, Justin Zoerb, 21, of Hazard, was arrested and booked into the Adams...

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