|2 deaths, 1 critical injury result from collision|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
Memorial services are scheduled this week for Aldemar Chavez-Vasquez, 23, and Eleazar Medina-Cienfuegos, 28, while Dale Jacoby, 51, had not regained consciousness as of Tuesday, March 27 and remains in ICU at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.
Aldemar Chavez-Vasquez Eleazar Medina-Cienfuegos
The two deaths and one critical injury resulted from a tragic two-vehicle collision Saturday, March 24 at the intersection of Phillips County Road 41 and Phillips County Road 18 (one mile east and two miles south of the stoplight in Holyoke).
Trooper Scott Boskovich of the Colorado State Patrol investigated the 6:55 p.m. accident.
He reported Medina-Cienfuegos was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang northbound on County Road 41, and Chavez-Vasquez was a passenger in the car. Jacoby was westbound on County Road 18 in a 2005 Dodge 2500 pickup.
Jacoby failed to yield at the yield sign and collided with the passenger side of the car in the intersection, according to the CSP report.
The Mustang was pushed off the northwest corner of the intersection, rotating clockwise, and came to rest on its wheels, facing east. The pickup started to rotate clockwise and ran off the northwest corner of the intersection. It became broadside with the driver’s side leading and started to overturn twice. As it overturned the first time, the driver was ejected. The pickup came to final rest on its wheels, facing north.
Boskovich reported, “Alcohol is being investigated as a contributer in this crash.”
Holyoke Volunteer Fire Dept. was called and some extrication was required.
Chavez-Vasquez died at the scene. Mustang driver Medina-Cienfuegos was taken to Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, where he died at 7:36 p.m., about 40 minutes after the accident. Jacoby was transported to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.
Jacoby remains in intensive care
Family members of Dale Jacoby are with him at NCMC in Greeley. They reported Tuesday morning he remains in intensive care and had not yet regained consciousness.
His address, where cards can be sent to him and his family, is: Dale Jacoby, NCMC, 1801 16th St., Room M, Greeley, CO 80631.
Wednesday memorial service for Chavez-Vasquez
A memorial service for Aldemar Chavez-Vasquez was scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at Baucke Funeral Home in Holyoke, with Ismael Lopez conducting the service. He will be buried in Mexico.
Chavez-Vasquez, born Sept. 28, 1988, attended school in Mexico and had lived in the United States almost three years. He was working for Oppliger Feedlot in Wallace, Neb. and came to his parents’ home in Holyoke every other weekend.
His parents are Rafael Chavez and Sandra Chavez-Vasquez of Holyoke. He also has a brother, Osman, who worked with him at Oppliger, and a sister, Ximena, age 9. In Mexico, he has a daughter, Crystal, age 3; and a significant other, Laura Isela-Chacon.
An account in Chavez-Vasquez’s memory has been established at Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union, c/o Sandra Chavez-Vasquez.
Thursday service for Medina-Cienfuegos
A memorial service for Eleazar Medina-Cienfuegos is planned for Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at Baucke Funeral Home in Holyoke, with Father William Jungmann officiating. He will be buried in Mexico.
Medina-Cienfuegos was a close family friend of Chavez-Vasquez. He was born Oct. 8, 1983. He had been in the United States for almost four years and was most recently working for Larson Farms of Wray.
He was with Yahaira Dominguez in Holyoke for the past two years.
In Mexico, his family includes his mother, Carmen Cienfuegos-Piñuelas; and his children, Kevin, 8, and Anahi, 3.
An account in Medina-Cienfuegos’ memory has been established at Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union, c/o Yahaira.
Holyoke Enterprise March 29, 2012