Bishop Crash Survivor Taken Off Life Support

Deadly crash claims fourth victim

By Lindsay Hood and R. Stickney
|  Sunday, Oct 10, 2010  |  Updated 10:19 AM PDT
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One of the victims in the deadly Bishop crash that killed two former Cathedral Catholic High School students in August has died.

John Nathan Adams, 39, was removed from life support on Saturday at a hospital in Reno, Nevada.

A journal post by his family said, "We did not arrive at this conclusion easily. We all know that John would have fought to the end and we, his family, are of the opinion that he has done so. His body fought so hard and he recovered from several injuries that even on their own would have each been life threatening. The damage to John's brain is just too extensive to overcome."

Adams was traveling back to San Diego from a high-altitude training camp in Mammoth along with Natalie Nield, 17; Amanda Post, 18; Derek Thomas, 19; and Drew Delis, 22, when witnesses say their Ford Expedition swerved into oncoming traffic.

According to an accident report released by the California Highway Patrol, Nield was driving a Ford Expedition registered to her mother as the group traveled back to San Diego on Aug. 9.

The SUV veered into oncoming traffic colliding with a van from California Baptist University traveling up to the same camp, officers said. A cheerleading coach driving that van, 35-year old Wendy Rice, was also killed in the collision.

"That Ford Expedition landed on top of the 14 passenger van and spun that van around and collided into my car," Tanager said.

Tanager, a key witness in the accident, said in an exclusive interview with NBCSanDiego that the Expedition had caught on fire right before striking the van.

"It was already on fire,” said Tanager. “There were flames coming out of the windows." 

Tanager was able to escape her burning car, but suffered third degree burns to her back.

Police have not yet said what may have caused the van to veer into oncoming traffic. Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have played a role in the accident.

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