After a long, tough battle, Max Morrison's body finally gave out. The Traer man who was injured in the November 28 plane crash that killed his friend, Bill Konicek, succumbed to his injuries on Monday. Morrison was 64 years old.
Morrison suffered severe burns after attempting to save his friend from the crash, in which the plane quickly became engulfed with flames after crashing in a field near 245th Street and R Avenue just west of Clutier.
The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report, released in December, showed that the plane hit power lines near an abandoned airstrip before crashing.
Over the past few months, Morrison had been receiving treatment at the burn unit in Iowa City while hundreds of local residents followed his progress through daily updates on a CaringBridge website filled out by family members.
A benefit dinner for the family of Bill Konicek brought in over $3,000 in donations, and a Facebook page devoted to support of Max Morrison brought hundreds of followers and well-wishers.
A benefit for Morrison's family is planned for February 16, with a silent auction and bake sale, along with a lunch, designed to raise money for Max's family and help with medical expenses.
The benefit is scheduled to be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Traer Memorial Building.