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Monday, May 10, 2010


Source: Des Moines Register

The father of two children who died of injuries from a crash that occurred in Ankeny on Thursday said their memories will live on through organ donation.

Troy DeJoode released a statement Sunday thanking family, friends and community members for their support.

"It is of some consolation that in our tremendous loss, six individuals may have their lives saved through organ donation," said DeJoode, of Ankeny.

Carson DeJoode, 5, died Friday. Five-month-old Claire DeJoode died the following morning. Their mother, Heather, and brother, 3-year-old Chase, are in critical and fair condition, respectively, at Des Moines hospitals.

Troy DeJoode said he hopes Chase will be released in the next few days, but Heather has several surgeries and a long recovery ahead of her.

Ankeny police said Thursday's crash happened when a pickup truck driven by Kevin Dalasta failed to stop at a stop sign at Southeast Tone's Drive and Southeast Creekview Drive.

The truck slammed into a minivan driven by Heather DeJoode, injuring her and her three children.

Dalasta, 46, of Norwalk also was injured and is in fair condition at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. The crash damaged a vehicle driven by Angela Harvey of Ankeny. She and daughter Savannah, 3, were treated and released. No charges have been filed, but the case remains under investigation.

A memorial fund was set up in Carson's and Claire's honor. Donations are accepted at any Des Moines-area Veridian Credit Union.

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