Kansas City firefighter driving motorcycle is killed in crash involving SUV in South KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are investigating a crash which killed a motorcyclist Friday evening near 89th and Troost.

Michael "Mickey D" Daniel, Jr.

Michael "Mickey D" Daniel, Jr.

On Saturday Captain James Garrett with the Kansas City Fire Department identified the victim as Michael "Mickey D" Daniel, Jr., 34, a Kansas City firefighter.

Family, friends and fellow firefighters held a vigil Saturday night in Daniel's honor. Family told FOX 4 Daniel was a loving husband and father to his 13-year-old son, who also wanted to be a fire fighter.

"He was like a perfect role model to his son," said Matthew Daniel, Daniel's younger brother. "I really appreciated my brother and hopefully I can continue his legacy here soon."

Family said Daniel's career was a family tradition. His father was also a firefighter and Daniel's younger brother hopes to start at the fire academy in the near future.

"He's just a powerful icon, if you look up in the dictionary under fire fighter you would probably see his picture," said his younger brother. "He has all the traits the perfect firefighter would have."

Shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, police say the motorcyclist, later identified as Daniel, and the driver of an SUV were both traveling south on Troost. Daniel was in the outside lane, while the Range Rover was in the inside lane. They were driving side by side when police say the SUV driver either changed lanes and collided with Daniel's motorcycle or the SUV driver decided to make a right turn from the far lane.

Police say the SUV driver was taken into custody for questioning, and was not injured. They said Daniel was wearing a helmet during the crash.

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