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Neighbors Remember Couple Killed in Crash

WILTON, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- From her kitchen window in Wilton, Nancy Bisbee recalls the scene across the street just a few days ago.

"We hugged, and I told her to have a good trip and I'd see you soon and I'd get your mail," she said.

It never occurred to her that she wouldn't see her neighbors Ken and Elaine Behrens again.

"Its just not right- nice people shouldn't go that fast, you know?" Bisbee said.

"Breaks my heart."

That heartbreak occurred on Interstate 75 in Georgia, as the couple was heading to Tampa to watch their Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl. Bisbee says you can tell by just looking at their front doorstep Ken was crazy about sports - especially his Hawks.

"Are you kidding me? Jeez!" she said with a laugh. "He was a Hawkeye boy. He would come out after a game and hoot and holler. He would come out and say they won again!"

Sadly, that very celebration will no longer be heard on Game day.

"They'll be missed, that's for sure," said neighbor Eleanor Pasvogel.

Pasvogel says ask anyone, and the opinion will be the same.

"They were just friends to everybody," Pasvogel said. "I don't think they knew a stranger."

Neighbors say the legacy of Ken and Elaine wasn't just limited to the block on which they lived. They belonged to the entire community.

Elaine was a former teacher, known by many former pupils in the community. As for Ken, he had his hand in every sports team in town, officiating softball at nearby Durant High.

When asked if they were a great couple, Bisbee had to choke back tears.

"They are...and they're gone."

According to Georgia State Patrol, another passenger in the car survived the crash. Charges are pending against the driver of the other car, a 19-year-old man from Ohio.       

Funeral arrangements are still pending for the couple.
 
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