- Published on 26 April 2012
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The campus’ annual Stop Day activities were halted several times yesterday to hold prayer services for Junior Cody Fanning, 20, a graduate of Wauneta-Palisade High School, who had been transported to Bryan LGH Trauma Center in Lincoln with severe injuries.
According to Crete Police, Fanning was standing in the back of 1999 GMC Sierra extended cab truck westbound on East 13th Street at about 2:45 a.m. When the vehicle turned from East 13th onto Iris Avenue, Fanning fell out onto the street. The passengers put him in the truck and took him to Crete Area Medical Center.
He was later flown to Bryan LGH by StarCare helicopter with head injuries.
Crete Police Chief Steve Hensel said a report was phoned into Crete PD at 3:19 a.m. Wednesday and an officer responded to CAMC. The officer smelled alcohol on the breath of the truck’s driver, Doane junior Cody Barnes, 21, of Smithfield. Barnes was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Hensel said four other passengers were in the truck besides Fanning. Crete PD is coordinating further investigation efforts with the Saline County Attorney’s Office.
Doane College utilized communication by e-mail Wednesday to alert students and staff of Fanning’s situation. The college was in the midst of Stop Day activities, an annual spring event when all classes are cancelled for the day and campus events and entertainment are planned.
The Doane Owl, student newspaper, posted the story Wednesday night after updates from the college. The Owl story indicated a student address was held on campus at 1:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 4 p.m. A notice of Fanning’s death was sent a little over two hours later. Further Stop Day events were cancelled.
The Doane College Counseling office in Butler Gym is open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more on this story, see the May 2 print or e-editions of The Crete News.