Siblings killed in fiery crash on I-10 near Casa Grande

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Siblings killed in crash on I-10 near Casa Grande. By Alicia Barron Siblings killed in crash on I-10 near Casa Grande. By Alicia Barron

CASA GRANDE – One of the victims of a deadly pile-up caused by a dust storm was a man whose own father rear-ended him, pushing him into two semi-trucks and killing him instantly.

That man was from Iowa but two of the other victims were a brother and sister from Casa Grande.

Word is quickly spreading through Casa Grande about the deaths. A teenage brother and sister were on winter break from school and were just taking a drive to get some food. Fourteen-year-old Mark Eide, a high school freshman, and his 17-year-old sister Katie Eide were on their way to the Dairy Queen at Picacho Peak just south of Casa Grande when they were killed in a massive wreck on Interstate 10.

Officer Bailer, with the Department of Public Safety, tells 3TV, “Their mother went looking for them. Our chaplain talked to her…heartbreaking day for the family."

The Eides were well-known, active students. Katie was No. 6 on the high school volleyball team and Mark was also athletic. He ran cross country and track and played the tuba but it was his long blonde hair that earned him his nickname.

Destinee Galvez, a classmate, says, “I knew him as “sunshine” because his hair was like the sun so we knew him as “sunshine."

The Eide family's neighbors say Mark and Katie were just all around good kids with good hearts. Monica Workman says, “The kids made cookies as a welcome to the neighborhood and Merry Christmas."

This neighbor was stuck in the back-up caused by the crash and was stunned when she heard the friendly teens next door were two of the victims. She says, “Coming home to fine out it was the neighbors…upsetting and sad."
 

The family has established a Trust Fund Account in the name of Katie and Mark Eide at Chase Bank. The account number is #2910365549. Their parents would like to establish a local scholarship with the funds from the account. Also a memorial website has been set up at eidefamily.homestead.com