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Friends remember victim of fatal crash near Washburn

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A show of support Friday night for a Washburn man killed in a head-on crash last weekend.

20-year-old Warren Van Wie died in a crash around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

It happened along Highway 218 near Washburn.

A passenger in his car was injured.

The other driver was also injured and at last report was in critical condition.

Friday was Van Wie's funeral.

His friends and some family members say they wanted to pay tribute to him the way he would want to spend a Friday night.

The cars and trucks cruising University Avenue Friday night were a tribute.

They cruised along University and back to Washburn as a final goodbye to Warren Van Wie.

The 20-year-old died in a head-on crash last weekend.

"His truck's name was 'Big Sexy". Haha. He loved his vehicles," said friend Christina Axline.

"He's had about 10 vehicles and they all went to the junkyard besides this last one he's had. The engine seized but I'm gonna restore it for his daughter. I've got 15 years and I think I can do it," said Nick Van Wie, Warren's younger brother.

His friends say Van Wie was a loving father to a 7-month old daughter and was engaged to be married.

"The main thing he was worried about was being a good father and husband and I wish he'd have gotten the chance to be a husband but he was one hell of a father," said friend Tyler Rozenboom.

But they say what they'll remember most was his sense of humor.

"Warren, you could be so mad at that kid and he would say one thing and you couldn't concentrate on being mad at him anymore," said Rozenboom.

"It didn't matter if you guys were fighting, he would make a joke out of something, If you got in an argument with him, he'd crack a joke and it'd be fine. He just always had a grin on his face. He was a very lovable person and fun to be around," said Axline.

Van Wie's fiancee was in the car with him at the time of the crash.

She's expected to survive her injuries.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says it's continuing to investigate what caused Saturday night's crash.

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