Fontanelle couple injured in Nov. 22nd crash have died


November 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Fontanelle couple who were injured during a crash in Cass County last week, died just one-day apart from each other at a hospice facility in Johnston. That word came today (Wednesday) from the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle. 92-year old Virgil Martin and 89-year old Evelyn Martin were injured November 22nd in a collision with an SUV driven by 33-year old Cynthia Simon, of Anita.  Virgil Martin died Nov. 28th. Evelyn died the next day, at Mercy Hospice, in Johnston.

The accident the couple was involved in happened at around 3:45-p.m., Nov. 22nd, about 3-miles southeast of Anita on Glendale Road. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department said a 2000 Buick LeSabre owned and driven by Virgil Martin, was eastbound on Glendale Road when his vehicle was struck by a westbound 1999 Chevy S-10 Blazer driven by Simon, who had attempted a southbound turn in front of Martin’s vehicle into a farm driveway.

Both drivers were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, along with Evelyn Martin, who was a passenger in the Buick. She was flown later that same evening to a hospital in Des Moines.