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GM for Cedar Knox PPD killed after being hit by vehicle in Hartington

Cemetery volunteer killed after being hit by vehicle in Hartington

Daniel Leise, 55, of Hartington, NE died Monday after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 84, just west of the Highway 57 intersection in Hartington.

Leise was a volunteer with a group working the grounds at a nearby cemetery when the accident happened.

At 5:49 PM Monday, August 7th, the Cedar County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call about a car vs. pedestrian accident.

Alton Halle, 72, of Hartington, was driving east when he hit Leise with his vehicle.

Leise was crossing Highway 84 at the time.

Halle wasn't hurt, but Leise was flown by Lifenet to a Sioux City Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The accident is still under investigation by the Cedar County Sheriff's Office.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Department of Roads and Hartington Ambulance assisted at the scene of the accident.

Dan Leise was the GM for Cedar Knox Public Power District.

The company released a statement saying. " "Dan Leise was an employee of Cedar-Knox Public Power District for 35 years. He started in 1982 as an apprentice lineman and worked his way through the ranks when he became General Manager of Cedar-Knox PPD in 2006. Dan's dedication to the customer and Cedar-Knox PPD reputation was paramount to him and showed in everything he did. He was also very involved in Nebraska Rural Electric Association and currently on the Statewide Services Evaluation Committee and a member of the Manager Association. He was a well-known and respected figure in the Hartington community and served on church, school and city boards over the years. He will be truly missed in our community."

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