Their bodies ache and their hearts hurt, and they want justice for their two friends taken in a senseless tragedy.
Kelly Neth and her fiance, Keith Roth, both 47, are recovering at Research Hospital. Two of their dearest friends were killed after someone ran their car off the road from behind and took off.
"Two of my best friends died," Neth said. "I don't think it's hit me yet that they are gone."
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Ronald "Pud" Harvey of Green Ridge was driving a 1997 Mercury on U.S. 50 in Johnson County at 12:28 a.m. Sunday when a second vehicle struck it from behind.
The Highway Patrol says the impact knocked the Mercury off the highway, where it overturned and struck a tree. Investigators are looking for the second vehicle, which left the scene.
Harvey and a 54-year-old passenger, Vickie Brandkamp of Green Ridge, were killed in the crash. Harvey and Brandkamp were a long-time couple.
The four were returning from Rockfest in Kansas City.
Neth suffered multiple bone fractures and cuts, but her focus is on ensuring the hit-and-run driver is caught.
"Whoever did that, I don't know how they are living with themselves," she said. "I don't know how they're living with themselves."
Neth and Roth suffered serious injuries.
None of the four were wearing seatbelts.
Roth remembers little about the crash.
"I just remember hearing the impact and then feeling the van falling to its side and sliding across the ground and wrapped around a tree," Roth recalled.
Troopers are examining Harvey's vehicle looking for clues in hopes of finding the responsible vehicle.
Neth said she wants everyone to know how wonderful her friends were. They are both survived by children and grandchildren.
"They were awesome people. Pud was a great person, so was Vickie. Both were the sweetest," she said. "They'd do anything for you."
If you have any information that might help police or know someone with unexplained front-end damage that occurred this weekend, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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