[nfbwatlk] Fwd: [Chapter-presidents] tragic news
mike at mello.com
Fri Dec 17 21:02:53 UTC 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLORADO CENTER FOR THE BLIND EXPRESSES GREAT SORROW
AFTER TRAGIC ACCIDENT
December 17, 2010 Littleton, Colorado
Contact: Julie Deden, Executive Director, 303 653-5987
Early this morning, three students of the Colorado Center for the Blind were waiting at a Regional Transportation District
bus stop at the Southeast corner of West Mineral Avenue and South Utica Drive in Littleton when a driver, headed north
on Utica, lost control of her car as she was turning east onto Mineral and then hit the three students, one man and two
women. Emergency personnel rushed the three to Littleton Hospital. The man later died due to massive injuries. The
women are in stable condition and being treated. The Colorado Center for the Blind is not at liberty to release the names
of the students or further personal information at this time while family members and loved ones are being contacted.
The students and staff of the CCB are in great shock and grieving,
says Julie Deden, Executive Director of the CCB.
Our love, prayers, and tremendous sorrow go out to the family and friends of the student we have lost and we are
praying hard for the two women still in the hospital,
At the Center, we are first and foremost a family
and we will love and support one another through this great tragedy which has struck us at a time of year normally
reserved for joy and celebration,
The three students were on their way to the Center for its annual holiday party immediately prior to a winter break. The
CCB has requested assistance from Littleton city officials, and grief counselors are present at the Center to help staff and
students address this tremendous tragedy.
We will do whatever is necessary to help our family through this difficult
said Diane McGeorge, Chairperson of the CCBs Board of Directors and herself a former Executive Director of
According to the Littleton Police, icy road conditions played a significant role in todays accident.
blindness had absolutely nothing to do with the accident,
Our entire community is reeling from this
said Scott LaBarre, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, the Centers chief
These students were simply waiting for their bus like hundreds of thousands of other metro commuters on their
way to work or school. The breadth and scope of this tragedy cannot be expressed in words,
For more information about the CCB, go to www.cocenter.org or call 303 778-1130. The Center has been offering
independence training to blind youth, adults, and seniors since 1988.
Scott C. LaBarre, Esq.
LaBarre Law Offices P.C.
1660 South Albion Street, Ste. 918
Denver, Colorado 80222
303 504-5979 (voice)
303 757-3640 (fax)
slabarre at labarrelaw.com (e-mail)
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