Nevada City cyclist succumbs to injuries |

Nevada City cyclist succumbs to injuries

Dana Reed, a Nevada City resident who was in a coma following a traffic accident last weekend, died around 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sutter Roseville Medical Center, his wife Marie Reed said.

Dana Reed, 55, suffered severe head injuries when his bicycle collided with a pickup last Saturday on Brunswick Road near Loma Rica Road. He was taken to Sutter Roseville by air ambulance.

A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Crossroads Church on Wolf Road in Grass Valley.

A day after she lost her husband of 28 years, Marie Reed, 51, described him with fondness – his intellectual abilities, his affectionate nature, his athletic hobbies and his loyalty to his friends and family.

“Dana was very much a family man,” she said. “We did a lot of stuff together. We camped, we hiked, we skied, we snow-shoed.

“He was a great conversationalist and a good listener. He knew about a lot of things. He read about politics, about history. He helped our sons with math and science (when they were at school). In the family, I’m the more creative one; he was the brainy one.”

Dana Reed and Marie Reed have two sons – Scott Reed, 20, and Andy Reed, 19. Scott Reed is majoring in languages at the University of California in Santa Cruz, while Andy Reed is an engineering major in Sierra College.

Dana Reed, a software engineer from University of California in Irvine, co-owned a software company called Sierra Mine Technology, Marie Reed said. Their family had moved to Nevada County from the Bay Area in 1996.

Besides outdoor hobbies such as biking, skiing, camping and hiking, Dana Reed was also a musician, Marie Reed said.

“He plays the guitar and a banjo too,” she said, for a moment inadvertently using the present tense as though he was alive.

The two had first met at a friend’s Halloween party in Long Beach, Calif. in 1978, she recalled. But over the years, she remained an eternal admirer of his kind nature, his sensitivity “to what people needed,” and his inimitable conversational skills.

“When he listened to you, you knew he was really listening,” she said.

Three of Marie Reed’s five siblings were already in town Thursday, while the other two were scheduled to arrive soon, she said.

Dana Reed’s mother, Alma Reed, and sister, Holly Williams, are coming today, she added.

“Dana is an organ donor,” Marie Reed said. “He will be cremated. His boys will scatter his ashes some place meaningful to them.”

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