Family member says North Dakotans struck by car in Nashville are 'the kindest people'
Kathy Vasichek and her husband, Jason, were hit by a passing motorist after they fell into traffic. Kathy Vasichek has since died, police said Monday, and Jason Vasichek is in stable condition.
The Manvel couple who were struck by a car Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee, are "the kindest people" and involved in numerous local events and activities, a relative said Monday afternoon.
Jason and Kathy Vasichek were visiting downtown Nashville over the weekend when they were struck by a motorist. Kathy Vasichek, 52, died of her injuries; Jason remains hospitalized.
"They are the kindest couple," Jason Vasichek's brother, Shelby, told the Herald late Monday afternoon. "Their son is involved in sports, (they do) outdoor activities, traveling. They're business owners and Kathy is a nurse. They're the nicest people you'll ever meet. They're involved in everything."
Shelby Vasichek said for the family, it's "probably the toughest scenario or situation we've ever endured. It's traumatic and hard to understand. There is a lot of suffering going on."
Compounding the grief is a report from Nashville police , which said the couple were "reportedly arguing" just prior to the incident. That line from the police statement has been reported by media in Nashville, as well as by the Herald early Monday afternoon.
Shelby Vasichek disputes that claim, as did others who called the Herald after the newspaper's original report was published online Monday afternoon. He disputes that there was any sort of physical argument.
"They are not mean or aggressive people by any means. They have hearts of gold," he said, adding that it hurts to see the incident represented that way.
The driver of the car that struck the Vasicheks, according to police, is 41-year-old Nashville resident Torie Davis. A police statement and Nashville and Davidson County court records indicate Davis is charged with driving with a suspended license and with not carrying proof of insurance. Davis is not listed on the county's jail roster.
Jason Vasichek owns Grand Forks-based Ironhide Equipment.
The Vasicheks recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, Shelby Vasichek said.
He said he appreciates the outpouring of support that has come since Saturday.
"There is so much love and care out there," he said.
The Herald originally reported the incident over the weekend, but withheld the names pending official notification from the Nashville Police Department.
A record-setting number of fans of the university's men's hockey team were in Nashville over the weekend to watch the Fighting Hawks play Penn State in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. The game took place Saturday night, about 18 hours after the accident.