Funeral Set For One Man Killed In Crash

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Family and friends are remembering three people killed in a fiery car crash in Johnson County on Friday.

Police say the medical examiner is still working to positively identify two of the victims killed in the fire and are not releasing any other information at this time.

The other man killed is 21-year-old Dustin Rodriguez.

Family and friends are starting to say their good-byes.

Visitation for Rodriguez starts in an hour at the Magoffin County Funeral Home, but friends and co-workers started paying tribute to him this morning and continued all day.

Friends remember 21 year old Dustin Rodriguez as

“We really miss him. It's going to be hard to get by without him,” Daniel Scott said.

Friends say Rodriguez was on his way to work Friday when police say his pick-up truck crashed into a Pepsi delivery truck and caught on fire, killing him and two of his friends also in the truck.

“I don't think any of us can be the same, he was definitely a big part of our lives,” Adam Salyers said.
Rodriguez was a bow technician, but he was more than that to his friends.

“The light of the shop. You could come in having a bad day and he would brighten your day up just talking to him,” Scott said.

Now they are mourning his loss.

“You can't replace somebody like that. It's just not going to happen, so we'll just try to remember him the best we can,” Joe Castle said.

Rodriguez was a model in several of the company's promotional videos, now they are using them as a memorial to honor him.

Through his pictures and videos, they can never forget him.

The Hunter's friend website has a memorial for Rodriguez.

His visitation continues all day Tuesday at the Magoffin County Funeral Home.

The funeral is Wednesday at 1:00.

Funeral services for the other victims will be at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville.


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  • by Family Location: Salyersville on Mar 4, 2009 at 03:04 AM
    Dustin, you have touched so many ppls hearts what times uve been with us, youll never be forgotten. We will always keep you close to our hearts. We love you and will miss you forever!
  • by Amanda Location: Oil Springs on Mar 2, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    this was my brothers buddy! my brother was one of them in the truck! these boys was the best boys you could have met! i will miss them running around acting silly and listen to theat loud music! i love you boys and you where very special too me and to many! UNTILL WE MEET AGAIN FIND PEACE IN HEAVENS HANDS! ANTHONY YOU AND EDDIE BEST BE WAITING ON ME AT THE PEARLY GATES! LOVE YOU BUNCHES !!
  • by :( Location: paintsville on Mar 2, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    i don't understand why they haven't identified the bodies of the other victims yet. how are they going to have their memorial services without having them identified? so so sad. i hope whatever they all had to endure was forgotten when they entered heaven. ... :(

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