Nebraska cowboy, Wakefield, dies in truck crash
PRCA timed-event cowboy Brady Wakefield, 20, died Sunday evening (July 12) on Interstate 80 in central Nebraska after losing control of his pickup truck near the Odessa interchange.
Wakefield, of O’Neill, Neb., was driving a RAM 2500 Diesel pick-up westbound when the rear passenger tire blew out, causing the truck to roll through the median of the interstate. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wakefield’s passenger, 58-year-old Jeff Hoier of Herman, Neb., was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover and was transported to CHI Good Samaritan in Kearney, Neb. Hoier’s condition is unknown at this time.
Nebraska State Police said Wakefield was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Eastbound traffic on I-80 was diverted for 1½ hours, through a rest stop, before both lanes were re-opened.
Wakefield bought his PRCA card last year and finished ninth in the PRCA Resistol Rookie Standings among team roping headers while also competing in tie-down roping and steer wrestling. He teamed with Ty Talsma to win the 2014 American Heroes PRCA Rodeo in Hawley, Minn.
This year, Wakefield had been concentrating primarily on steer wrestling, and just had a career-best time of 3.6 seconds to finish second in the July 9-11 Heart of the North Rodeo in Spooner, Wis.
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When Herb and Inez Stoddard settled near Norris, South Dakota over a century ago, they had no idea the fifth generation of Stoddards would be still be there, raising cattle, horses, and rodeoing.