I have a double dose of bad news to report.
First, an acquaintance’s son was seriously shot in the neck about week ago. He is in a hospital in Anchorage now in critical condition. Apparently his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend is the one responsible.
Second, my uncle Dale and cousin Jacob are in a hospital in Lewiston, Idaho. They were hurt in a car accident yesterday. Jacob has a broken pelvis. Dale had to be cut out and has a crushed leg. Jacob’s girlfriend was in the pickup with them and died. My dad said Dale and Jacob will probably be in the hospital up to a week. His truck was totaled. The road was icy. Apparently the oncoming SUV fishtailed several times before the collision. Both people in the SUV were killed.
Local news video at the crash site.
Here’s the article about the accident in the Lewiston Tribune:
Cliff Wasem, his wife die in car accident
January 4, 2009, 4:38 pm
A prominent Clarkston businessman and his wife were among the three people killed in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 95 about six miles south of Culdesac about 12:40 Sunday afternoon.
Clifford W. Wasem, 80, and his wife, Dorothy E. Wasem, 83, died at the scene as did 20-year-old Victoria A. Forster of Woodbridge, Va.
The Wasems were owners with their two sons of Wasem’s Drug in Clarkston.
Forster was a passenger in a 1992 Toyota pickup truck driven by Dale L. Nichols, 60, of Winchester. Nichols was in fair condition at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center at Lewiston Sunday night.
A second passenger in the Toyota, Jacob G. Nichols, 19, of Winchester, was in good condition at the same hospital, according to a nursing supervisor.
According to an Idaho State Police report, Cliff Wasem was driving south on U.S. Highway 95 in a 1999 Ford Expedition when he lost control and the vehicle went sideways into the northbound lane. Dale Nichols was driving north and collided with the passenger side of Wasem’s Expedition.
It was unknown if any of the five were wearing seatbelts, according to police. The investigation is continuing.