Mike Nelson 1946 - 1970

(Submitted by Lynnette D’Jernes-Goldberger)

NEWCASTLE AP, 1970

BASKETBALL MENTOR IS KILLED

Newcastle High School basketball coach Michael L. Nelson, 23, was killed in a one-car accident about four miles east of here on Nebraska 12 Thursday morning.

Two other people in the car were in satisfactory condition in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sioux City, IA. They are high school principal James Walsh, 31, and football coach Constance Aubert, 32,

The three were reportedly returning from a sports meeting in Sioux City.

Trooper Merl Loecker of South Sioux City said the westbound car, driven by Walsh, ran off the highway and into a deep ditch.

Nelson’s death brought the 1970 Nebraska highway death toll to 20, compared with 26 at this time one year ago.