Marty Roenigk dies in Iowa wreck
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.