OFF-DUTY, Eureka County Resident Deputy Michael Harter, 29, and Haley Lynn Page, 9, died in a tragic car accident on November 25, 2015.
Michael, Shelly, and Haley Harter were traveling south from Eureka NV for Thanksgiving. Their holiday was cut short when they were involved in a head on collision with a semi truck. Michael and Hayley (age 9) were pronounced dead on scene. Shelly is in critical but stable condition in Las Vegas, NV.
Resident Deputy Michael Harter's wife, Shelly Harter, survived the deadly accident on November 25th. We are asking the Blue FAMILY to donate today to help ease the financial strain on Mrs. Shelly Harter as she begins to heal physically and emotionally. Shelly's physical injuries are extensive and it is expected, at this time, that she remains in the ICU, in the hospital for a minimum of 3 weeks!
The Official Statement released by the Eureka County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff/Coroner Keith Logan, 11/25/2015, 6 p.m. PST
It is with profound sadness that I must notify you that on November 25, 2015, the Nevada Highway Patrol, Nye County Sheriff's Office and emergency responders from White Pine County and Lund, Nevada responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident on State Route 318 in Nye County. Upon investigation it was determined that Michael Harter, age 29, and Haley Lynn Page, age 9, died at the scene. The family was travelling south for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Michael served Eureka County, Nevada and the citizens of Crescent Valley as a Resident Deputy Sheriff for the past four years. Michael served honorably as a United States Marine. He graduated from the Western Nevada College Peace Officer Standards & Training (post) Academy in 2011. Michael also served as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Carson City Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Ken Furlong.
Michael is survived by his wife, Shelly Harter, parents Karen and Scott Harter, and his sister, Heather Jacobsen.
Haley is a student in an Elementary School, where she enrolled this year. Haley is survived by her mother, Shelly Harter. Haley Page is also survived by her father Brendon Page who is an Arizona Highway Patrol Officer (AZDPS). Brendon Page is based out of Kingman AZ.
The Nevada Department of Public Safety Major Accident Investigation Team, Southern Command, is heading the accident investigation. The Nye County Sheriff's Office is handling the coroner's investigation as the accident occurred in their jurisdiction.
Our family and community is deeply saddened by the events of this morning. We are thankful for all of the emergency responders, peace officers and medical staff who worked on all of those involved in the traffic accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved, their families and extended communities. Additional details will be provided once more information is known.
Keith A. Logan, Sheriff
Shelly is having surgery on both arms tomorrow. One arm is getting rods put in and the other arm steel plates. So, tomorrow might not be the best day to visit as the surgeries will take a couple hours. Also, she's been moved to another room and was going to be movied again tonight.
Shelly Harter has had surgery to both her arms. She is in a lot of pain. She was accompanied by her mom and aunt who are trying to keep her and their spirits up, but are very exhausted. Please keep all of them in your prayers.
She has been moved to NSCU RM 9 (2 visitors at a time). The nursing staff would like her to get some rest today and I am hopeful she will be back to a regular unit soon. Thank you for all your doing... This is such a tragic situation that you've all been a part of and are instrumental in giving her hope! Keep doing what your doing. She is grateful for the outpouring of love... To her you are God's Angels. Blessings!
12/10/2015 6:00:00 AM
Haley Lynn Page was born in Flagstaff on Jan. 10, 2006. Her life was far too short, but her time on Earth brought joy, love and brightness to all of those who knew her.
Haley was quiet, sweet and reserved for the most part, but she could also be silly and her infectious laughter would fill the hearts of her family and friends. She loved baseball, basketball, soccer, football (although she had not played that yet, in an organized fashion), hunting, fishing, off-roading and her pets. Insofar as her love of sports is concerned, when she stepped on the field, or the court, she was a fierce competitor with a drive and desire to win, but she always played with integrity.
Haley also loved, and was surrounded with love by, her family and circle of friends. We would like to specifically mention her sisters, Lauren and Sarah, and her stepbrother, Chad. Haley was very close with her cousins (on both her father's and her mother's side of the family), but her two sisters and her stepbrother played significant roles as her siblings, each in their own way. Chad, who is older, was her mentor in athletics. Lauren, one year younger than Haley, was her constant companion when she was in Kingman and was the extroverted balance to Haley's more reserved nature. Haley was Sarah's big sister and took on the role of mentor when it came to soccer, baseball and teaching Sarah the Pledge of Allegiance.
Haley attended the Kingman Academy of Learning from preschool through the third grade, but was attending school at the Crescent Valley (Nevada) Elementary School for the year.
Haley is survived by: her father, Brendan; her mother, Shelly Harter; her stepmother, Melissa; her grandparents and step-grandparents, Mario and Kathleen Bettencourt, Randall and Diana Bradley, Leo and Sheri Hurley, Scott and Karen Harter, Barbara Page; her sisters Lauren and Sarah Page; her step-brother Chad Moore; and family and friends too numerous to name. All who knew her loved her and she took a piece of all of us with her.
"I miss them so much." Shelby left the Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks on Wednesday to make the nearly four hour trip back to Crescent Valley, without her family, but with a long road ahead of her.
"I had surgery done on both legs- extensive on my left leg. I have rod from my hip all the way down [to my ankle]." On her right leg, Shelly now has a rod from her hip to her knee. She also has limited use of her hands. Her left one has a plate in it now. It was shattered when she used it to shield her face from the airbag.
Although she left the hospital on Wednesday, she will still need medical care. "I'm looking at probably six to eight months of therapy." Shelly expects to be bound to a wheelchair for at least six more weeks. She has more than 20 fractures, including her pelvis and several ribs.
"Well it's going to be very expensive because I'm going to have home healthcare," Shelly said, "physical and occupational therapists coming into my home and working with me, with my legs to get me walking again."
She said she will be covered under her husband's insurance through New Year's Eve, but after that, it could take months for her Medicaid application to kick in.
"I'm going to have lots of debt. I'm talking in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills."
Shelly was a stay-at-home mom and has no way of working in her current condition. She said, "anything helps."