Dennis Tolliver
Dennis Tolliver (Courtesy Photo)

ALTA VISTA, Iowa --- Family and friends will gather Saturday to remember a former Alta Vista resident who died in a traffic accident in California.

Dennis Tolliver, 51, of Smartville, Calif., suffered serious chest injuries when his Cadillac CTS slammed into a cliff wall at about 11:30 a.m. March 9.

The crash happened in the foothills in northern California.

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Tolliver was airlifted to a nearby hospital but died later that day.

Relatives are planning a "celebration of life" to honor Tolliver. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Poor Richard's Pizza in New Hampton.

Tolliver was born in Charles City and graduated from New Hampton High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later worked for the service as a civilian. At the time of his death, he was director of maintenance for the 9th Civil Engineering Squadron at Beale.

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