[nfbmi-talk] vi man honorred w vigil

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Mon Dec 20 14:01:26 UTC 2010

Visually impaired man killed in accident honored with vigil

Lori Obert

Kevin Torres

LITTLETON - On the weekend before Christmas, dozens of people gathered under candlelight to remember a legally blind man who was killed Friday morning.


David Nanney was waiting at a bus stop with two of his classmates from the Colorado Center for the Blind when a car slid on ice and barreled into the three

of them.


Without thinking twice, Nanney pushed the two women out of the way and took the brunt of the hit.


Nanney died later that day at a nearby hospital; his two classmates were seriously injured. As of Sunday, they were making progress in their recovery.


The driver of the vehicle has not been named. Police say she will be charged.


The folks who gathered at the bus stop near West Mineral Avenue and South Utica Drive Sunday were friends, acquaintances and complete strangers.


"Seems like he was the type of person that would instantly think, 'How can I help someone else during this critical time?'" said Fred Mahe, a parishioner

at Columbine United Church.


Mahe never met Nanney, but he's helped other blind people in the community.


"Oh, those people could teach us a lot," Mahe said.


Students and teachers from the Colorado Center for the Blind, where Nanney was enrolled, gathered as well.


"We believe in a time of tragedy the community needs to come together," Columbine United Church Pastor Steven Poos-Benson said.


The vigil lasted thirty minutes. Those who came shared stories about Nanney and the courage he showed seconds before his death.


(KUSA-TV © 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


Nine News, Denver


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