LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS) – One blind person was killed and two others were hurt at a bus stop Friday morning in Littleton when a vehicle drove into them.
The incident happened at about 7:45 a.m. at the RTD road-side stop at W. Mineral Avenue and S. Utica Drive. The three blind people were rushed to Littleton Adventist Hospital, where David Nanney, of Baltimore, died. The two women injured in the crash, Georgie Sydnor from Virginia, and Carissa Ubersox from Wisconsin, were both hospitalized and were listed in stable condition Friday.
Officials said icy road conditions likely contributed to the accident and that the driver of the car, a female, was very upset.
Littleton police told CBS4 the victims were students at the Colorado Center for the Blind, located nearby on West Shepperd Avenue. The three students were on their way to a Christmas party where Nanney was going to play the role of Santa Claus. Nanney was a husband, a father and an accomplished musician.
Fellow student Adan Gutse was actually on the same RTD bus the three victims were waiting for.
“The bus driver slowed down and I started hearing people say ‘Oh, my God’.” Gutse continued, “The bus driver said ‘I shouldn’t have turned my head around and looked because he knew some of those people.”
Julie Deden, Executive Director of the Colorado Center for the Blind, calls Nanney the star of his class. She says this has been a very difficult day.
“In life things can happen, and they can happen to everybody, whether you are blind or sighted.”