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Family establish memorial fund for accident victim

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Police and family are not commenting on the condition of Terrence Adams following an accident in a Wal-Mart parking lot. But, on Friday the family announced the creation of a memorial fund for Adams.

Police say Adams was hit from behind as he walked away from a Cedar Rapids Wal-Mart on Tuesday. The car, driven by 85-year-old Dorothy Simanek of Walker, rested on Adams' neck for about 18 minutes before rescuers lifted it to remove Adams.

No charges have been filed against Simanek because the accident occurred on private property.

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said investigators believe Simanek did not act with "willful or a wanton disregard" for Adams' safety, which is the definition of reckless driving.

A memorial fund has been established at the Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust at 500 1st Ave NE or 5400 Council St NE in Terence Adams' memory.

Simanek has declined a request for comment on the accident.

Adams' family released the following statement:

"The family of Terence Adams, would like to extend their appreciation to those that helped Terrence on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. They include the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Linn County Sheriff's Department, Cedar Rapids and Hiawatha Fire Departments, Area Ambulance, Wal-Mart personnel and the staff St. Luke's Hospital. The response and support these agencies have given to our family has been overwhelming."

"To the driver of the vehicle, our family knows that you didn't pick our son to be a victim. This was an accident. Everyone in our family and the family of the driver is suffering in this. This is a civil case and not a criminal case because it happened on private property. We would appreciate if the public and the media would respect the privacy of both families involved."

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