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Arizona Department of Public Safety investigates 22-vehicle pile-up crash on I-10 in Casa Grande which resulted in three fatalities. Two of the fatal victims were teenage brother and sister. The family has established a trust in their names

Local Scholarship to be established from trust

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 -

The parents of Katie and Mark Eide have established a trust fund and benefit account in the name of their children at Chase Bank and have asked that we advise the public on their behalf. The account number is #2910365549.

The parents would like to establish a local scholarship with donated funds.

Additionally, the parents and grandparents do not wish to have contact with the media and would like their privacy respected. The parents and grandparents have had to draw their curtains and blinds to avoid multiple photographers and reporters who have frequently been outside of their homes and knocking on their doors since this tragedy occurred.

DPS would also appreciate the cooperation of the media in giving this mourning family some space and respecting their wishes; as they are grieving the very untimely and tragic loss of two of their family members during this Christmas and Holiday Season.

The Eide Family is making funeral arrangements and has expressed to us that the upcoming funeral will be closed to media.
Corrections:

  • Deceased: Katie was 16, just several days before her 17th birthday on January 2nd. Mark was 15; he had just celebrated his 15th birthday in November. Both are of Casa Grande, Ariz.
  • Deceased: Edgar Ivan Medina Vargas, was 28 years-old, of Iowa City, IA.
  • Injured: William Stevens, 65, of Casa Grande, Ariz., is still being treated at Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

All others injured in this collision have been treated and released.

The collision is under investigation and any further updates on the cause and nature of the collision will be contained in the official report when it is completed and submitted to DPS Public Records Unit.

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