GLADSTONE, Mo. -- "He was a loving person. He loved his children and grandchildren and we're all gonna miss him," a tearful Patsy Prestia said from her Gladstone home on Thursday.
Her husband, Leonard, died in a freak accident late Wednesday morning at an Union Station parking garage.
The two were high school sweethearts. Patsy called Leonard the love of her life. A love that was cut short in an untimely death.
"You don't expect to leave him in the morning and not have him be around when you get back," Patsy said.
But that day began much differently. Leonard took his five-year-old granddaughter, Kaylee, and a preschool friend to Science City in Union Station and we leaving when everyone's life changed forever.
Police say the 68-year-old was attempting to pay for parking at a toll collection machine when he dropped his change. When he leaned down to pick it up, his foot accidentally hit the gas, lurching his truck forward and pinning him between the truck and toll booth.
He died instantly, police said.
"What will I miss the most? His presence, his love," Patsy said. "His touch, his smile. He has a good heart."
"I always kiss him when I leave in the morning. I kiss him goodbye. Just in case something would happen to one of us and we don't see each other. And I was in a hurry yesterday and I didn't kiss him goodbye -- and that's sad. It hurts."