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NIACC instructor remembers former student involved in crash

"Whenever anybody was around, they stop back in here or they come to see us."

Posted: Apr. 23, 2018 9:51 PM
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018 6:35 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - An instructor from North Iowa Area Community College is remembering one of three people killed in a rural Floyd County crash last Friday night. The victim was one of his students.

Around 5 p.m. Friday night, Jacob Manhesmith was driving on 210th Street when the State Patrol says he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Woodside Avenue, and collided with another vehicle.

Mahnesmith, passenger Shane Wiltse and the unnamed driver of the other vehicle were killed. Another passenger in Mahnesmith's vehicle, Thomas Parcher, was injured.

Kevin Losee is the first year tool and die instructor at NIACC, and was one of Mahnesmith's teachers.

Even after graduation, Losee says Mahnesmith kept in touch with the program, including recently.

"Whenever anybody was around, they stop back in here or they come to see us. They jumped right up and came and talked to us that day, and it's real sad," Losee says.

He adds that an outpour of support was immediate after the crash.

"Especially for us instructors that have been here for awhile, our phones were all going off Saturday morning, wanting to know if everybody had seen the messages, and then the calls started coming in from past students wanting to know if we knew about it as well," Losee adds.

In addition, Losee says that the NIACC staff is sending their thoughts to those who were affected by the crash.

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