Missed turn leads to crash that kills two Excelsior Springs men

CLAY COUNTY, Mo. -- Two young Excelsior Springs men are dead after troopers say a driver missed a turn on a rural highway.

"It's just a windy, curvy road," said Troy Williams, aunt of one of the victims.

Investigators have identified the crash victims as Zach Jordan, 22, and Andrew Selby, 19.

"Devastating," Williams said. "He`s not the kind of kid you would ever dream that that would happen to."

Williams says her family is having a hard time coming to grips with the death of her nephew, Jordan.

Jordan was driving his friend's Lincoln Continental Thursday when troopers say he missed a sharp turn, driving off H Highway, near Northeast 100th Street.

The car knocked down a sign and went airborne, striking a large tree before flipping over and landing in a pond.

"They said it was like a 55-foot drop off after he hit the trees," Williams said.

The owner of the car, Selby, was a passenger. Investigators say neither was wearing seat belts. Selby's grandfather says following the crash, neither man could get out of the car and both drowned in the pond below.

"Zach got his wings yesterday and heaven got an angel," Williams said.

Williams says the two friends may have been going to pick up some comedy show tickets that Zach won. She says he would have wanted to take his friend, Andrew.

"He`s the luckiest kid I've ever met," Williams said. "He always won a bike at the Easter egg hunt. He always won money on the lottery. And yesterday morning he won some comedy tickets. He was really excited about going to see that."

Both men are being remembered by a lot of friends for their fun-loving natures. Friends and family are gathering for a candlelight vigil to honor Jordan and Selby Friday at 7 p.m. at Sunnyside Park in Excelsior Springs.