KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police have identified two men killed in a car crash Saturday morning at an Overland Park intersection.
A witness told police that around 5:40 a.m., a red Ford 250 pickup truck was traveling southbound on Nall Avenue when it collided with a gray Buick traveling westbound on 103rd Street. The truck then struck a light pole.
The driver of the truck, identified as 49-year-old Wayne Willeford, of Prairie Village, Kan., was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from the Overland Park Police Department.
The driver of the Buick has been identified as William Pennington, 77, of Overland Park. Pennington was transported to an area hospital, where he later died.
Pennington's wife, Evelyn, said she found the accident blocks from their home. She had gone looking for Bill because he hadn't shown up for a doctor's appointment.
Pennington endured tragedies like losing a sibling at a young age and losing a child. That, family members say, is why he lived life to the fullest and never took life's stresses too seriously. He loved to tell stories and adored his only grandchild. He and Evelyn had been married almost 60 years. He loved being outdoors and took up hobbies like cowboy shooting and golf.
His son, Gregg, hopes people will use their tragic loss as a reminder to be better behind the wheel after such a simple decision took their father's life.
"There are a lot of people out there that don't realize that they're driving one-ton and two-ton and three-ton lethal weapons," Pennington said. "They can be more respectful to each other and traffic."
There was no one else in either vehicle at the time of the crash.
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