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Friday, June 19, 2009

Eureka hotelier killed

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Arkansas Business reports that Marty Roenigk, co-owner of the Crescent and Basin Park hotels in Eureka Springs, has been killed in an Iowa car wreck. His wife, who was also his business partner, was injured in the wreck.

Carroll County News has more.

Marty Roenigk, 68, co-owner of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, was killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle accident in southeast Iowa near the community of Griswold. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Roenigk's wife, Elise, 68, was injured in the accident and is recovering from a severely broken arm in Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., where she was air-lifted, according to a spokesman for the hotels.


Sgt. Patrick McGinn, of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, reported that Elise Roenigk was the driver of the van, which collided with a pickup truck carrying two adults and two grandchildren from Souix Falls, S.D. The adults, Robert Wolf, 72 and his granddaughter, Chelsea Nicholus, 16, were air-lifted to Creighton, while Wolf's wife, Betty, 71, and grandchild Kinze Nicholus, 12, were taken by ambulance to a Red Oak, Iowa hospital.


The accident occurred at 8:42 p.m., according to Sgt. McGinn, who said the preliminary investigation showed that the south-bound Roenigk van ran a stop sign at the intersection of a rural road and Iowa Hwy. 92, east of Griswold. The pickup was travelling east on Hwy. 92, according to McGinn's report.


It was reported locally that the Roenigks were on a trip to pick up an antique mechanical music machine for the couple's collection in the Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs.


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