KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Wyandotte County Sheriff's department major was killed in a car crash Friday night in Kansas City, Kan.
Authorities confirm that 36-year-old Major Randy E. Beery, who is also the Turner School board president, was killed in a single-vehicle collision around 10:45 p.m.
"When it's one of your own, and you're told they have just passed away, as a result of a car accident, you're kind of not the same," Lt. Kelli Bailiff with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's office said.
Beery was traveling southbound on Shawnee Drive, just north of County Line Road, when his vehicle hit an area of packed snow. He lost control of the car and struck a tree on the side of the road, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash report.
"He has a unique sense of humor. He'd be really quiet and just say something to get us all laughing, and we're going to miss that. We're going to miss that empty chair that is there, as is the empty chair at his home dinner table," Lt. Bailiff said.
The Turner School District released the following statement:
"It is with deep sorrow and condolences to his family and friends that the Turner School District announces the tragic passing of its Board President, Randy Beery … Randy was not only a valuable contributor to the school district, but an active participant in all Turner community affairs. He will be deeply missed."
A passenger suffered injuries and was taken to an area hospital. Beery and the passenger were not wearing seatbelts, according to the crash report.
Beery worked for the Wyandotte County sheriff's office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.