36-year-old Arlin Kasuske was killed Tuesday afternoon after a tractor crashed into the pickup he was driving on Ashland Road during snowy weather. It turns out the driver of the tractor was Arlin's friend. Arlin's family tells WOWT 6 News it was all just a tragic accident.
"He was a red head. Our only red head and his curls were so tight when he was little that I couldn't even get a brush through them," said Shirley Kasuske.
She showed us photos of her now grown son, Arlin, and his family. Born and raised in Ashland, Arlin was a construction worker and family man. He spent countless hours in the outdoors with his wife Melissa and three kids. "He was very outgoing, very active in his church, and he loved doing things with his kids," said Shirley.
Then Tuesday during the snowstorm their lives all changed. 58-year-old Bruce Rogers was driving his tractor when he crashed into the pickup truck Arlin was driving. Rogers told authorities he had covered his face from blowing snow and didn't see the truck.
Shirley says that Arlin was test driving the pickup at the time when the crash happened and had actually planned on purchasing the truck that day. She says it's been especially hard because Arlin and Bruce were friends. "My heart goes out to him, because he's taking it very hard."
She wants him to know that they don't blame him. "If you have farmers, you're going to have tractors and equipment on the road. They have to move from field to field and place to place and Bruce was just going to feed his cattle is all."
The faithful family says despite the tragedy they will get through it together and they know God has a plan.
The accident investigation is still ongoing. The county attorney says no charges have been filed at this point.