OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A man killed suddenly when the cement truck he was driving overturned on Tuesday, is being described as a devoted partner, father and friend; always willing to help, and always wearing a smile. On Wednesday, on the eve of Thanksgiving, family, friends and co-workers gathered at the Barton -Ross ball fields in Kansas City, Kan., to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of Joshua Martin, 26.
Martin was driving a cement truck to a job site. They were on the road for about five minutes when the truck toppled over at I-435 near Antioch Rd. Cedric Wade, 39, was a week into training and riding in the passenger seat when the crash happened.
“Rolling over and hitting the walls, hitting everything around us, just rolling over and over,” he remembered. “We just crashed and rolled over, we don’t know what happened.”
Wade says when the truck came to a rest, he looked over and saw Martin and knew he couldn’t get him out.
“He was down, I couldn’t pull him up, the truck fell over on his side, there was no way to pull him up,” Wade said.
He says he hurried out of the truck before it blew up. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and when asked how he was feeling, he said he was a little sore.
“He’s got kids. They lost a father, brother, son. They lost all of that, so that’s the only concern I’ve got right now,” said Wade.
Those who love Martin say he enjoyed spending time with his family and volunteering at the baseball fields where his kids played. His fiance, Amber Hanna, says they were planning to get married next year. The couple was together for ten years and she says it was love at first sight.
“He was my soul mate, I can’t imagine life without him,” said Hanna. I’ll never find somebody like him, that was a once in a lifetime man, and he’ll never come back.”
He leaves behind four children, ages ten, eight, six and two.
“He’s an amazing dad, and telling the kids yesterday that they don’t have a dad is devastating, because,..because I grew up without my father, and I never wanted them to go through that,” Hanna said.
Martin was the family’s sole financial provider, as Amber stayed home to care for the kids full-time. Amber and Joshua just moved into a new house two weeks ago and were hoping to get settled before they got married.
“He meant the absolute world to me, and when I keep thinking over and over, he promised to be with me until the day we died,” said Hanna. “I wanted to grow old with him.”
Martin’s friends vow to make sure the kids remember their dad.
“I will make sure his children know how great of a person he truly was,” said Jessup Williams, who grew up with Martin.
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