Good Samaritan dies after Thanksgiving accident
A 46-year-old Truckee man struck by a car on Thanksgiving morning has recently passed away.
Traveling westbound on Interstate 80 near Floriston on Nov. 23, Kevin Macrorie stopped his vehicle to help a stranded motorist, only to be struck by another vehicle on the icy highway. He remained in a coma for more than three months before dying.
“He was a guy who would have done anything for anyone,” said his sister, Debbie Macrorie. “His death has left a great-big, gaping hole”
Ron Florian, who worked with Macrorie, said his actions on the morning of the accident were a perfect example of how he lived his life.
“Like he normally does, he pulled over to help someone else,” Florian said. “Kevin was always giving to others and thinking of other people before himself.”
Debbie Macrorie said her brother’s five sisters and brother, along with his wife and three daughters, spent a lot of time with him in the hospital and supporting each other.
“Having everybody together made the process a lot easier ” we started grieving early,” she said.
His wife, Mary Beth Marcrorie, was born and raised in the area, and met Kevin Macrorie through Debbie Macrorie, she said.
They have three daughters: Ashley, Allee, and Shelby; all are students at Truckee High School, Debbie Macrorie said.
“Ashley is a senior graduating in June. She’s in the drama department, and has had a couple of lead rolls. Shelby is quite the ski racer ” she travels all over doing that. And Allee is in the band, jazz band, and plays softball,” Debbie Macrorie said. “All three girls are very involved in school and are excellent students ” they are just great girls.”
She said because of her brother’s injuries, tracking his medical progress wasn’t always easy.
“The doctor’s didn’t want to say ‘There is no hope,’ but when they did an EEG (electroencephaologram) ” that shows brain activity ” there was really none. That was a sad day,” Debbie Macrorie said.
Beyond the family, Debbie Macrorie said the local community has been very supportive.
“Mary Beth has worked at Albertsons for over 20 years, and they had cans out for change that got more than $20,000 ” It’s so fabulous,” she said.
Many others have stepped up to help the family in day-to-day tasks as well, Debbie Macrorie said.
“Mary Beth had somebody shoveling her driveway, people she didn’t even know. It’s very sweet,” she said. “So many people have stepped up to help out the family.”
A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Squaw Valley on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m.
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