OLATHE, Kan. — The investigation into a crash where a semi-driver hit and killed an Olathe man and then left the scene continues.
Now we’re hearing from that man’s wife, who says dad of six George Abasta was everything to them.
This happened around 1 a.m. Monday, near I-435 and Antioch Road in Overland Park.
“I was in disbelief, I was in denial. I could only say no, no, no,” Celeste Lamar, Abasta’s wife, said.
Abasta was described by his wife of nearly two decades as an amazing man who loved his six kids. Abasata was a member of a car club and was always down for a spontaneous adventure.
His sudden death has left a gaping hole in the family he cared so much for.
“He was our rock, he was our provider, he cared for everybody,” Lamar said.
Monday morning, Abasta was leaving his sister-in-law’s home when he got into a car crash as he crossed the highway. He was hit by a semi near I-435 and Antioch.
That driver stopped but then continued to drive, leaving the Olathe father for dead.
Yesterday, Overland Park police released a photo of the 18-wheeler believed to be the one that hit Abasta. It has a white cab with a silver tank trailer.
Overland Park police said later on Saturday night that numerous tips led them to the trucking company, which helped them identify the driver. Police say both the driver and company are cooperating with the investigation.
“I’m hurt by the fact that you could leave a human being in the middle of a road without enough compassion to at least stop,” she said.
“He’s going to feel this guilt. It’s going to be on him until he has the courage, enough strength, enough to step up and take responsibility.”
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If you have any information that can help police in this ongoing investigation, you’re asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.