GOTHENBURG, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a Colorado man killed himself after beating a woman who had accompanied him to a wedding in Gothenburg.

North Platte television station KNOP reports that an 8-year-old boy flagged down an officer late Saturday night.

Police say the woman and the boy had traveled to Gothenburg with 39-year-old Jason Melledy, of Peyton, Colo. The woman and her son live in Castle Rock.

Police say Melledy had stopped the vehicle and removed the woman before he began beating her face and head. Her son hid in a nearby ditch until he saw the police cruiser.

Police Chief Randy Olson says that after Melledy beat the woman, he drove off. He soon crashed off the road.

Olson says Melledy walked away from the crash but soon killed himself.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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