Group Remembers Man On His Birthday

October 6, 2011 Updated Oct 7, 2011 at 7:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 6, 2011 Updated Oct 7, 2011 at 7:17 AM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) -- A group gathered Thursday night along the Kensington Expressway to remember a young man who lost his life to an alleged drunk driver. Orlando Eric Anderson would have been 38 years old today. "Funny, witty, very special, very loving...he was a dedicated dedicated father...a dedicated son...a wonderful brother. He had a lot of friends and a lot of family...people who cared about him dearly," Kai Redmond said as she remembered her cousin.

Anderson of Buffalo....and Thomas Johnson of Ohio....were both killed when police say a man driving a pick-up truck the wrong direction on Route 33 near Best Street...hit them head on. The pair were pronounced dead at the scene. Family and friends brought candles, balloons and flower to a spot just above the site of the crash. It was all to celebrate Anderson's life.

In April, an Erie County Grand Jury indicted 24-year old Matthew Ruckdaschel of Amherst on charges that included aggravated vehicular homicide. At the end of the vigil, several family members walked to the edge of the expressway to reflect and leave behind flowers.