2nd victim dies after Saturday crash

2012-02-02T08:35:00Z 2012-07-18T07:17:05Z 2nd victim dies after Saturday crashBy The Telegram Staff Columbus Telegram
February 02, 2012 8:35 am  • 

A second person has died from injuries sustained during a one-vehicle rollover accident early Saturday morning in Columbus.

The death of Zachary Tharnish, 22, of Columbus was reported this morning by a spokeswoman at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

He was previously listed in critical condition at the Omaha hospital.

A Wednesday posting to his caringbridge.org page indicated he had been declared brain dead and that his family had decided to donate his organs "so someone else can live a beautiful life out of our tragedy and tremendous loss. We will all always love Zach and carry our great memories of him with us."

According to his Facebook page, he was employed at Behlen Mfg. Co. at the time of the accident. A 2008 St. Edward graduate, he was a member of the 2007 state championship basketball team. He started at forward for the 2008 state tournament team that lost to Pleasanton.

Skye Butterfield, 18, of Columbus, who also was injured in the crash, has been released from the Medical Center.

Passenger Candace Randall-Stewart of Columbus, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene of the East 23rd Street accident. Her funeral was held Wednesday at Federated Church in Columbus.

The driver in the crash, Genaro Anaya of Norfolk, 21, was arrested for driving under the influence, reckless driving and motor vehicle homicide.

Platte County Attorney Carl Hart said Thursday morning he would add a second motor vehicle homicide charge in the case following Tharnish's death.

Anaya, who is in custody at the Platte County Detention Facility, has not yet been formally charged by the county attorney's office.

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