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Family grieves after deadly highway 218 accident

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A family continues to grieve after a deadly crash near the Highway 218 overpass in Cedar Falls. Left without any answer as to what caused 30-year-old Richard Coleman's crash, the family is looking for closure. 

According to Cedar Falls Police, Coleman died upon impact when his car crashed into a concrete pillar near the Highway 218 overpass. 

Coleman leaves behind a family, and a pregnant fiance.

Coleman's fiance, Aleesa Meyer describes the moment police told her Coleman had passed. 

"I fell to the ground. And I felt like the world just got sucked right out of me, like there was nothing left," said Meyer. "I fell to the ground so hard."

Meyer along with Coleman's family began to worry when they didn't hear from him after he left for work. 

"I loved him so much, I've never loved someone so much in my life," said Meyer. "He was the sweetest person on earth, with the biggest heart. Whatever I needed he took care of it, and took care of me."

Meyer said he not only took care of her, but was more than excited to take care of their baby. 

"He was over the moon, he's always wanted a family," said Meyer. "We were going to have our first appointment on November 28th, hear the baby's first heartbeat. He was so excited. So excited."

"He wanted nothing more than to be a father," said Coleman's cousin Leslie Sherrer. 

Now, the family is struggling to understand just what happened. All they are left with is one last text he sent to his mom and Sherrer's niece. 

"They both got a text that said, 'I'm sorry, and I love you.' And that's all it said," said Sherrer. 

"I just wish this Thanksgiving, people won't take their family for granted, and they tell each other when they sit down that they love each other," said Meyer. "And they will cherish those days, because it could be the last."

Cedar Falls Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash. Police say they're waiting for autopsy results. 

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