As busy as you may find yourself becoming this holiday season, you must remain vigilant while out driving to reduce your chances of engaging in an auto accident with a careless or inattentive driver who simply isn’t paying attention. KDVR recently reported on a fatal accident that occurred on Thanksgiving Day involving a father and his daughter. According to the news source, 55-year-old Rick Nees of Cedar Rapids, IA and his daughter, 38-year-old Nicole Nees of Fort Collins, CO had been traveling in Fort Collins early Thanksgiving morning when their vehicle was struck by a truck. Police later determined that truck had been driven by Marcos Orozco, 19.
The source highlighted that just before the fatal crash transpired, police had come in contact with Orozco after having received a call about a burglary. Apparently, someone had smashed a truck into a pawn shop and stole some firearms. After the burglary was reported, officials then received a call where someone reported they had seen a suspicious vehicle with firearms inside of it. When police located the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who happened to be Orozco, he fled the area. Police stated that “in the interest of public safety and department policy, officers did not pursue the suspect.”
It was only moments after officers had made contact with Orozco that he engaged in an auto accident that took the life of Rick and Nicole Nees. The “coroner’s office stated that the two had passed from multiple-blunt force injuries and that death was immediate for both.”
Rick Nees had worked as a math teacher for many years at Kennedy High School and the school principal, Jason Kline, sent out an email sharing the news of the passing of the school’s long-time educator. Kline also mentioned that support resources would be available for staff and students come Monday when everyone returned from their holiday break.
It’s always tragic to hear about such incidents, especially when they occur on a holiday that is supposed to be spent celebrating with family. Sadly, there are many incidents similar to this one that transpire each year around the holiday times. That is why you are encouraged to drive defensively as you never know when you might be sharing the road with someone who is distracted, drunk, or engaging in reckless behavior that could potentially cause an accident to occur.
In the event you have already engaged in a collision in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City, IA and are now looking for answers to some of the questions you might have, you can always contact the Cedar Rapids, IA car accident lawyers at Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. At our office, we handle various types of cases stemming from car crashes and know how difficult and confusing this time may be for you and your loved ones. That is why we encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience so that we can provide you with advice and guidance you might need so that you are able to make certain decisions regarding the incident you were recently involved in.
You can reach Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, P.L.C. at:
1921 51st Street NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: (319) 393-1020
Fax: (319) 393-4000