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Richard Koester survives 6 days without food, water after car crash in Colorado

11:10 AM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (KUSA) -- Richard Koester's daughter was about to reach a big milestone. On Oct. 11, he wished her a happy early 13th birthday and told her to stay awake until midnight so he could call back to celebrate.

That's the last thing he really remembers from before the crash. What he's heard through friends, family and officials is that he got into the passenger seat of his friend Ronald Lee Mohr's truck on a trip to Cripple Creek, outside Denver.

During the trip, his friend suffered a medical emergency. Their truck went through a median, ran off U.S. Highway 50 and into a 30-foot ravine about five miles west of Canon City, Colo.

Mohr died in the crash. Koester was trapped, entangled in the steering wheel on top of his friend.

"I tried to save him," Koester said. "It just wasn't happening."


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