The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service has confirmed that a long-time employee of theirs, Emily Mares-Lang, has succumbed to the injuries she incurred in a car accident July 16.
Mares-Lang died at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, where she was taken after the crash.
Mares-Lang was walking across Main Street when she was struck by Steve Fode, 25, of Los Alamos, who was driving a pickup truck. Mares-Lang was 71.
LAVNS’ Executive Director Georgina Williams said today is a sad day for the LAVNS family.
“All of us here at Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service will miss her deeply,” she said. Mares-Lang was described by a LAVNS employees as a dedicated employee who worked in the LAVNS’ records department for eight years.
Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist said his office is waiting for the Los Alamos Police Department’s report on the accident, adding that the report’s findings will determine what they ultimately charge Fode with.
Though Fode was charged with careless driving at the scene of the accident, the DA’s office formally withdrew the charges over double jeopardy issues due to the severity of Mares-Lang’s condition.