Man who lost girlfriend in fatal highway accident shaken and confused

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police have identified the woman killed Wednesday in a traffic-related incident on I-635 as Deborah L. Kloster, 52.

According to authorities, Kloster, a passenger in a moving vehicle, jumped from the car as it came to the end of the ramp from I-635 to eastbound I-70. The incident occurred at 12:24 p.m.

"She had a lot to live for that girl did. I don't know what triggered her mind to jump out of my moving truck," said 71-year-old John "Jack" Reynolds about his girlfriend, Deborah Kloster.

Wednesday afternoon Reynolds said he and Kloster were heading to Jack's house when Deborah suddenly swung open the door. Jack said his truck then rolled over her, killing her instantly.

"I'm still nervous and I'm still shaking about the whole thing. I don't know what she was thinking. I loved her and she loved me. One minute we were talking and then the next I hear a loud thump and she's gone," said Jack.

"We weren't arguing or nothing and I don't drink, so all I know is she apparently got upset when I told her I didn't have enough gas to drive her over to a computer shop in Kansas City to have her laptop checked out," Reynolds told FOX 4's Robert Townsend during an interview Thursday.

Police questioned Jack about the deadly accident for quite a while at the scene. Next week Jack says he will meet again with a detective to review the incident, he calls a "big nightmare."

"I had both hands on the wheel and I told the police I did not shove her out the truck or anything. I was going about 40 miles an hour, again with both hands on the wheel, and she just grabbed her laptop, opened the door herself and then the next thing I know she's dead. It has broken my heart. I still can't believe it," said Jack.

Now he's doing anything to take his mind of the tragedy in hopes that he can move on.

"I just wish it never happened. I just keep trying to chop my wood to keep my mind off of it. I may never get over losing her like that," Jack added.

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