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Family mourns death of man killed on Thanksgiving

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  A Kennewick family mourns the death of their father after a car accident on Thanksgiving.

Yesterday's rollover on I-182 took the life of 67-year-old Ron Riedner.


Riedner, not only leaves behind family but also his biggest fan, his 16-month-old grandson, Matthew.

Matthew is 16 months old.  He has downs syndrome and leukemia; the two were inseparable.

"I had no idea what kind of impact he would have on my dad or my dad on Matthew seeing them together was absolutely just amazing," said Riedner's son, Matthew's father, Ron M. Riedner. "They clicked the first time Matthew was on his lap."

Their father was on his way to work Thanksgiving morning to greet people at Wal-Mart.