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Friends, family remember man killed in St. Patrick's Day crash

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Friends, family remember man killed in St. Patrick's Day crash

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Mar 18, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Friends and family gathered Tuesday night to remember the man killed on Summerlin Parkway and U.S. 95 on St. Patrick's Day.

Kadar Brown was changing a tire on the side of the road when he was hit by 22-year-old Gary Adair Jr. At first troopers said the crash happened when Adair suffered a diabetic episode, but now they say both drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash. Adair is currently under arrest for DUI involving death.

"I'm very angry," said Lindonna Thompson, Brown's mother. "When we thought it was a genuine accident it was hard enough to deal with, but the fact that it was because of someone else's ignorance and doing something like that, it's hard."

Brown was Thompson's only child, but he was loved by many. More than 350 people came out to celebrate his life at the car show at Mr. D's Sports Bar, a place he would frequent every Tuesday.

Friends and family said losing Brown to an alleged drunk driver is especially hard, considering Brown was against drinking and never did drugs, yet was killed on a day when police campaign vigorously against drunk driving. "It's ironic and very discomforting to the family," said Charles Hagan, Brown's uncle.

Brown was only 38, had one daughter, and was about to become a grandfather.

"He's never gonna be here again. We're never gonna be able to sit down and have family dinner again," said Wendy Gagliano, a friend of more than 20 years.

Gary Adair Jr. is scheduled in court Wednesday for his 48-hour hearing.

Brown's family is hosting a car wash to help with funeral expenses. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Mr. D's Sports Bar.

Jacqui Heinrich

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently a general assignment reporter for Action News.