Hit-and-run driver flees after killing Belton motorcyclist - KCTV5

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Belton man's death in hit-and-run second family tragedy

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A family is devastated by a horrible loss, and it is not the first time they have had to deal with the unthinkable.

A man devastated after his wife and young daughter were killed two years ago by an intoxicated man driving the wrong way on an area interstate has himself been killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Kansas City police are zeroing in on a person of interest who they believe struck and killed Leroy "Buddy" Bronson, 57, of Belton. The crash occurred just after midnight Sunday.

"We feel pretty good about where we stand in the case right now," Kansas City Sgt. Bill Mahoney said. "We had some real good physical evidence at the scene, and that led us to an individual. We're in the process of talking to a person of interest."

No charges have been filed.

Bronson was riding his motorcycle down Wornall Road when police said the driver of a pickup apparently ran a red light and slammed into him. Bronson died at the scene.

Officers said the impact was forceful enough to throw Bronson about 10 yards west of the intersection. The pickup finally stopped about 100 yards after impact.

"The motorcyclist was killed at the scene. The driver of the pickup bailed out," Mahoney said.

Officers searched the area for hours after the crash.

"My dad was absolutely my best friend. We became very close after my mom and sister passed," Tyler Bronson said.  "I still feel like going to wake up and see him roll in on that motorcycle."

On July 4, 2011, a drunk driver killed Bronson's wife, Diane, and 11-year-old daughter, Anna, on Interstate 435.

The family's two remaining sons could never have imagined he would be joining them so soon.

"It has been now a year and a half, and this brings all of that back and the healing process will be even longer than it would've have been," Tyler Bronson said.

The driver who killed Bronson's wife and daughter is serving a 15-year prison sentence and the family is now hoping for justice for their father.

The last conversation Tyler Bronson had with his stepfather was about finalizing his adoption. 

Now, Tyler Bronson says he is still going to go through with that process after his wedding next month.

The Bronson family had done much to raise awareness in the wake of the tragedy two years ago. Last summer, Kansas City police held a DUI checkpoint in Diane and Anna Bronson's honor.

The family said they wanted to raise awareness, and they hoped to save lives.

The family now knows that Buddy Bronson is with his beloved wife and daughter.

"They were joined at the hip," he said in 2011. "If either one of them was going to go, it's fitting they went together."

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

KCTV5's Amy Anderson, DeAnn Smith and Abby Kerner contributed to this report.

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