Please pray, sad news

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.

8 Responses

  1. My prayers are with you. What sad and hard news.

  2. Lord, I ask that You will help this young man to recover from the gun wound. May he recover all of his abilities, and may Your will be done as they continue to investigate. I also lift up Jacob and Dale to You. I ask that You would help them heal quickly. Protect his heart as he grieves the loss of his girlfriend, and bring him comfort and peace. Amen.


  3. Luke,

    Thank you.

  4. I am friends with Shirley Forster, she is the mother of Victoria who was killed in the crash – my prayers are with your family and hers. As a mother myself, my heart is broken for Shirley, her husband and their 15 year old son, Victoria’s brother. Their lives will never be the same. This is a tragedy.

  5. May god heal Dale & Jacob, and help them through this difficult time. I would also ask to pray for Victoria, my beautiful daughter who lost who life in the tragic accident.

  6. Shirley,
    Thank you for leaving leaving this comment. This was truly a tragedy. I can’t tell you how sorry I am about those who died. Words are not enough to express the loss of a child. She will be missed by both our families. They will all be in our prayers.

  7. Lee,
    Thank you for the comment. I didn’t know much about Victoria other than a little Jacob mentioned. She will be missed by many people it seems. They are all in our prayers.

  8. UPDATE 1/11/09

    Dale and Jacob are now out of the hospital. They are staying with friends (I think in Winchester) for awhile. I ask for continued prayers for all families involved as everyone heals from the physical and mental scars this accident has left.

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