[Nfbc-info] Fwd: [nabs-l] tragic news
dsmithnfb at gmail.com
Wed Dec 22 08:37:33 UTC 2010
I'm sure some have heard by now. This is a very unfortunate, tragic
and sad event for all of us in the NFB, many tied to the colorado
affiliate, and the center. My prayers to the families involved.
Please do read on...
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From: "Scott C. LaBarre" <slabarre at labarrelaw.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:45:54 -0700
Subject: [nabs-l] tragic news
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Greetings, the below release describes an extremely tragic event which
took place in our community today. We appreciate your thoughts and
prayers as we go forward. This story has been all over the local news
and bloggers have already been making many ridiculous statements about
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," continued Deden. "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," reflected Deden.
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 time," said Diane McGeorge,
Chairperson of the CCB's Board of Directors and herself a former
Executive Director of the Center.
According to the Littleton Police, icy road conditions played a
significant role in today's accident. "Our students' blindness had
absolutely nothing to do with the accident," said McGeorge. "Our
entire community is reeling from this terrible incident," said Scott
LaBarre, President of the National Federation of the Blind of
Colorado, the Center's chief sponsor. "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," commented LaBarre.
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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