[Perform-talk] Blind man from NFB's Colorado Center for the Blind killed while waiting for a bus
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The Denver Post
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Blind man killed when car slides on ice, hits three people at Littleton
By Howard Pankratz and Carlos Illescas The Denver Post
Posted: 12/18/2010 01:00:00 AM MST
Updated: 12/18/2010 06:30:20 AM MST
"He made you feel at home. If you had a problem, he would lift you up."
Kenny Flack, a classmate of David Nanney's, left. Nanney was killed Friday.
David Nanney planned to return to Baltimore today — during a two-week
break from classes at the Colorado Center for the Blind — to spend the
family and friends.
But as he waited for a bus Friday morning with two other visually
impaired students to attend a holiday party at the school, an
out-of-control car hit all
three on the sidewalk, killing Nanney, 47.
Nanney died at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Two women were being
treated for injuries described by police as "very serious." Their names
were not released,
but police said one is 18 years old and the other 26. A school
representative said they suffered broken bones but were expected to recover.
The accident occurred on the southeast
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corner of West Mineral Avenue and South Utica Drive. The 21-year-old
female driver of the car apparently slid on ice as she turned right onto
from northbound Utica Drive and lost control of her vehicle.
Littleton police spokesman Sean Dugan said the ice was a contributing
factor. But the driver, who has not been named, will be charged after
is completed, he said.
"Our hearts really go out to the family members of all three victims and
to the person responsible for the accident," Dugan said. "You've got a
person who feels terrible about what she's done."
Officials from the school said the students' blindness had nothing to do
with the accident.
Julie Deden, executive director of the Colorado Center for the Blind,
said Nanney was a leader to the 25 students at the school. Students
for nine-month training in life skills, Braille and other areas.
Just recently, Nanney helped organize a Christmas giveaway to a family
adopted by the students for the holiday. Nanney arranged to secure the
was at the family's home Thursday to deliver the goodies.
"The gentleman was such a leader," Deden said of Nanney.
Nanney's wife said her husband was an accomplished carpenter and
home-improvement contractor in Baltimore. He made custom pieces, and his
only form of advertising
was word of mouth.
"He was a real artist," Ann Nanney said.
Nanney started losing his eyesight about 10 years ago, his wife said.
They later learned he suffered from retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that
retina — leading to loss of vision — and gets worse over time.
The Nanneys were married for 20 years and have a 19- year-old daughter
who is in college.
Ann said her husband was as happy at the CCB as he had ever been in his
"He was a good person when he went to the Colorado Center for the Blind,
but this morning when he got out of bed, he was a better person," Ann
Friday. "He grew so much there."
Nanney was a musician. He played acoustic guitar and recently performed
with his roommate, Jay Pellis, at the Mellow Mushroom in Centennial.
Neighbors of the Pinnacle at Mountain Gate apartment complex where he
and the other students lived enjoyed his music so much they didn't mind
at all that
Nanney played for hours on his balcony.
"His voice was like an angel," said neighbor Coraleen Ekstrom, who burst
into tears when she learned of his death. "Music was definitely one of
Fellow CCB student Kenny Flack said Nanney was well liked by everyone.
"He would joke and laugh and make you feel part of the group," Flack
said. "He made you feel at home. If you had a problem, he would lift you
Deden said she spoke with Ann Nanney on Friday when she notified her of
her husband's death and the first thing Ann said was to make sure
were donated to others.
The CCB canceled the holiday party and plans to have a memorial for
Nanney when students return in two weeks.
"We are like a family," Deden said. "It is going to be difficult."
Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or
hpankratz at denverpost.com
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