Father seeks son's Good Sam at fatal crash
FARMINGTON – An Aztec father is seeking the identity of the Good Samaritan who wrapped his son in a blanket at a fatal crash Friday that killed the boy's mother.
Dakota Powers said the blanket is purple and gray and emblazoned with the logo of the Sacramento Kings basketball team. It's been freshly laundered, according to Powers, and he would like to return it to the person who provided it to his 12-year-old son, Dawson.
"In the aftermath of the collision, you wrapped my son in a blanket and offered what comfort you could," Powers said in an open letter he sent to The Daily Times. "This gesture of kindness is one bright memory in a dark night of chaos and pain."
The boy's mother, Jenny Luccous, was killed in a four-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 6 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 550 near Bondad, Colo.
Colorado State Patrol Capt. Adrian Driscoll said Luccous, 35, was driving north on U.S. Highway 550 in a 2013 Ford Focus when she crossed the center line and crashed into a Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Luccous' vehicle was hit twice more after the initial collision, according to Driscoll.
Driscoll said Frank Coleman, 32, was a passenger in Luccous' vehicle. He suffered moderate injuries. A 62-year-old Moriarty, Colo. woman was also injured in the crash. Luccous, a student at Fort Lewis College and aspiring drama teacher, was the only casualty, Driscoll said.
Scott Sholes, Emergency Medical Services chief for the Durango Fire Protection District, said it was "a massive scene," involving four vehicles and 10 people.
Sholes said he could not say who provided Powers' son with the blanket.
"Numerous bystanders had stopped and rendered aid," Sholes said. "I don't see anybody from our record that volunteered response. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to help find that individual specifically."
Driscoll said his patrolmen also did not know the Good Samaritan's identity.
Powers said the blanket was among his son's possessions when he picked him up at the hospital.
"He said somebody gave it to him at the scene, and it wasn't a first responder," according to Powers.
Powers said he is a former volunteer firefighter for the Center Point Fire District in San Juan County and he was grateful for the fire, emergency medical services and law enforcement personnel who responded to the scene of the crash.
Driscoll said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash, and excessive speed was not suspected.
A GoFundMe page was created Saturday to help pay for Luccous' funeral expenses. As of Wednesday, the fund had raised $3,305 of its $5,000 goal.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the Good Samaritan can contact Jennifer Knight at The Daily Times at 505-564-4625.
Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.