|Saturday afternoon collision claims life of 26-year-old dad|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
Mark Adams, 26, of rural Haxtun, died Saturday afternoon, June 8, when his car and a pickup collided at an uncontrolled intersection six miles south and one mile east of Paoli, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Ben Simpson.
A funeral service for Adams has been set for Saturday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke.
Well-known as a family man, Adams worked hard to provide for his family including his wife Alana and daughters Hailey, age 3, and Lindsey, 7 months. He was a great supporter of all three of his girls.
Originally from Peetz, Adams attended Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kan., for diesel mechanics. Brandon Sparks, his boss and personal friend at MV Equipment in Holyoke, said Adams had worked hard to better his family’s life.
Sparks said the MV Equipment family appreciated Adams and will certainly miss him. Having worked as a parts salesperson at MV for 20 months, Adams was a responsible team member.
“He was an all-around great person,” said Sparks. “He was very intelligent, polite and an all-around great role model.”
Returning home from work Saturday afternoon, Adams was westbound on County Road 14, driving his 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.
The Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department was summoned at 1:40 p.m. to the accident at the intersection of County Roads 14 and 21, approximately seven miles east of Adams’ home.
Josh Larson, 23, of Haxtun, was northbound on County Road 21 in a Ford F-250 pickup. Simpson reported both vehicles entered the intersection, with Adams having the lawful right-of-way.
The front of the pickup collided into the left side of Adams’ car, according to the CSP report.
Both vehicles traveled off the northwest edge of the intersection.
The pickup rotated counter-clockwise a half-turn, then traveled down a soft dirt embankment, where its left-rear corner dug into the ground. The pickup continued to rotate another half-turn before coming to final rest on its wheels, facing north.
The car rotated approximately 45 degrees in a counter-clockwise motion as it traveled off the road. It overturned, passenger side leading, one and a quarter times before coming to final rest on its right side, facing mainly west.
Extrication was required to remove Adams from the wreckage.
Simpson reported drugs, alcohol excessive speed are not suspected as contributing factors in the crash, which remains under investigation. The accident report by Simpson also noted both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Both Adams and Larson were transported to Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke.
Adams was pronounced dead by Dr. Dennis Jelden, coroner, at 2:45 p.m. Larson was released immediately with no significant injuries.
Contributions are being accepted for the Mark Adams Memorial Fund, 14426 County Road 7, Haxtun, CO 80731.
Holyoke Enterprise June 13, 2013