Family Of Couple Killed By Wrong-Way Driver On Highway 75 Willing To Forgive

Tuesday, July 28th 2015, 6:32 pm
By: Tess Maune

The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a suspected drunk driving crash say they're angry but willing to forgive. His fiance and another person also died in the head on collision on Highway 75.

Two of those victims - Brandon Allen and Amanda Rose - were riding together on a motorcycle. They were headed home after working some overtime at a factory just two miles away. Brandon's parents say the two were just starting a new life together.

A makeshift memorial marks where three lives ended on an early summer morning. 

"It's gonna be hard to do, to drive by that every day," said Ann Allen, Brandon's mother.
Ann and Ron Allen lost their son, Brandon, and future daughter-in-law, Amanda Rose in the wreck. 

"Where do you go from here?" Ron Allen asked. "How do you deal with them not being here?"

The couple was living their second-chance life. Brandon and Amanda were engaged, had just gotten a house together and were working overnights at Whirlpool.

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"They were getting it. They were getting it together, they were really getting it to where they were gonna be happy and peaceful," Ann said. "I guess that's why God had to take them."

The couple was killed instantly when troopers say they were hit by a drunk driver who was driving the wrong way down Highway 75.

"Brandon and Amanda should be home. They should be here. They weren't on that road partying or nothing, they were on that road because they were coming home from work," Ann Allen said.

A passenger in the wrong-way car, Misty Morgan, was also killed - and another critically injured. Twenty-one-year-old Christian Loiler was arrested for multiple violations, including three counts of first-degree manslaughter.

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"I don't want to hate or be angry because that's not how God would want us to be, but I want him to pay, does that makes sense?" Ann asked.
"He's gonna live with killing three people for the rest of his life, no matter if he's in jail, or not."

So instead of hate, the Allens are trying to focus on what brought Brandon joy: his 8-year-old son, riding motorcycles, playing music and making others happy.

"Everybody's saying good things about him, saying he made them smile every day, just being around him," said Brandon's father, Ron.

Brandon's funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon in Skiatook. Amanda's will be held later in the week in Iola, Kansas. A fundraising site has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses. 

Brandon And Amanda's Memorial Fund