Friends of crash victim: "He was a good man" - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Friends of crash victim: "He was a good man"

We know more about Danny O' Kurily, the Mid-South man who was driving the pickup truck involved in the fatal bus crash in Arkansas.

Jeremy Minton and Bryan Smith weren't only friends of Danny O'Kurily, they were all best friends. They grew up together in Hot Springs, Arkansas and all moved together to the Memphis area eight years ago.

Bryan Smith knew Danny O'Kurily since he was nine. Jeremy Minton knew O'Kurily since kindergarten. "We really couldn't believe it. I really didn't want to believe it," says Minton. 

The three went to school together, hunted together, and worked together.

"I got a picture here of Bryan's wedding. We were all groomsman," adds Minton.

All three lived in a cove in Arlington. O'Kurily had gone home to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was on his way back on I-40 when a charter bus crossed the median and hit his blue pick-up truck head-on killing him.

"I got a call from Bryan about 2:00 this morning," adds Smith. "He was a good man. Danny was a good man."

Smith lost his own brother in a car accident 16 years ago. He said O'Kurily was by his side the whole time. "I remember Danny telling me it'll get better over time. I just remember Danny telling me that when my brother died, so I just go on with that," says Smith.

Smith and Minton now plan on being by O'Kurily's side as pallbearers at his funeral.

O'Kurily leaves behind his parents, two sisters and a brother and two best friends.

Smith adds,  "He'll be sorely missed. Never forgotten."

The funeral for Danny O'Kurily will be sometime this week in Hot Springs.

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