Vietnam Veteran Dies in Hit-and-run Crash

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In Kansas City, a Vietnam veteran thought he was fine after the car he was riding in was struck by a hit-and-run driver and dies the next day.

On September 28, 2012 at approximately 9:25 p.m., Otis Nash, age 61, was riding in the vehicle with his sister and her boyfriend when the hit-and-run crash occurred.

At that said time and place, Nash had been riding in the back seat. His sister was driving and her boyfriend was in the front passenger seat. They were returning from visiting a friend and going to the store. The crash occurred as the unknown driver ran the red light on 35th Street and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard when they were t-boned. They were just turning onto Cleaver when the unknown vehicle collided with them in the passenger side.

The impact from the crash knocked all three of them unconscious. Nash was rushed to a local hospital and was released the next afternoon. Family members state that Nash was walking and talking until Saturday afternoon. Nash vomited in his sleep and family members could not get him to respond. An ambulance rushed Nash to another hospital where he was pronounced dead Sunday morning. Nash suffered from a head injury, a collapsed lung, and internal bleeding. Family members were surprised that Nash was released from the first hospital.

Otis Nash grew up in Arkansas, served in the Coast Guard, loved to sing, and was the local neighborhood handyman. Nash was a beloved father, grandfather, and a veteran of the Vietnam War.


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