Family torn apart by drunk driver faces another deadly loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The wife and daughter of a man who was killed early Sunday in a hit-and-run crash were themselves killed by a drunk driver in a 2011 crash in south Kansas City.

Leroy "Buddy" Bronson, 57, of Belton, Mo., died when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck that reportedly ran a red light about 12:30 a.m. at Bannister and Wornall roads.

Police say a person of interest has been questioned in the case, but no charges have been filed.

Buddy Bronson's wife, Diane Bronson, 44, and their then-11-year-old daughter, Anna, were killed July 4, 2011, when a wrong-way driver struck the car in which they were riding on Interstate Highway 435 near Blue Parkway. Authorities said after that crash that the teenage driver had a blood-alcohol content well in excess of the legal limit.

Buddy and Diane Bronson are survived by two adult children: 22-year-old Tyler and 24-year-old Cody.

Tyler Bronson said his dad was his best friend.

"I just started healing from my mom and sister, it's now been a year-and-a-half," he said. "This brings all of that back."

After the crash, Tyler made a decision that no matter what, he was going to let Buddy know how much he cared.

"I told him I loved him every time ... he was a 1950s man -- don't tell another male figure you love them no matter who you are -- and it took him the longest time to get used to it, but he said it back every time," Tyler said.

He told Buddy he loved him this weekend during their last conversation.

"And now he won't be there," he said. "He will be in the loved-and-lost chair, right there with my mom and sister."

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