Cedar Rapids teacher, daughter killed in crash on Thanksgiving in Colorado
A Cedar Rapids Community School District teacher and his daughter were killed in a crash in Fort Collins, Colorado on Thanksgiving.
An email was sent out to parents from Kennedy High School Principal Jason Kline saying the math teacher Rick Nees and his oldest daughter were killed while running errands on Thanksgiving morning. It says they were hit by another vehicle.
As of Friday night there are no details on memorial arrangements. Kline says support services will be available to staff and students starting Monday morning at 7 A.M.
This is the full email sent out to parents:
Hello Cougar Family, this is Jason Kline, principal of Kennedy High School. It is with a very heavy heart that I report to you that Rick Nees, long-time Math teacher at Kennedy High School, has passed away. Rick and his oldest daughter were hit by another vehicle as he was out running errands Thanksgiving morning. Both were killed. He was in Fort Collins, Colorado visiting family at the time. Please keep Rick, his family, and our entire Kennedy family in your thoughts and prayers. Details on memorial arrangements are not available at this time. This is very devastating news and I know we all will be hurting. Please know that we will have support resources available for staff and students on Monday starting at 7 AM. This information will be very hard for many students to take and please know that we will be here for them. If your child has specific needs over the weekend please do not hesitate to email me me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a release to CBS2/FOX 28 News, Fort Collins Police said the other driver was wanted in connection with a smash and grab burglary in Fort Collins. Investigators say at about 3:30 Thursday morning, Marcos Orozco, 19, drove a truck into a pawn shop and stole several weapons.
"At approximately 9:46 a.m. Fort Collins Police received a call of a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Caribou Dr. and Arctic Fox Dr. The caller reportedly saw firearms inside the vehicle. Officers arrived in the area and contacted the sole occupant of the vehicle. Upon contact with the suspect, he fled the area in the vehicle. In the interest of public safety and per department policy, officers did not pursue the suspect."
The deadly crash happened just a few minutes later.
Orozco is in custody on a number of charges related to the burglary. Charges related to the crash are pending.
Stay with CBS2/FOX 28 News for updates to this story.