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Victim's family mourns loss of Brookfield man

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SHARON, Pa. - When the driver crossed left of center in the accident on East Connelly Boulevard Friday night, he claimed the life of a husband, father, brother and son.
 
Johnny Zdelar was also well known in the racing community for almost 30 years.
 
Johnny Zdelar's wife Kim says the loss of her husband is overwhelming. Kim said Johnny was one of the most caring men that she has ever known, that he took in her kids as his own, adding Johnny was a great step dad. She says everyone loved him.
 
Johnny loved his family, farming and it was in racing is where he found a second family that loved and respected him as a Pitt Crew Chief for King Brothers at Sharon Speedway.
 
Rex King says everybody in Sharon Speedway at all the race tracks knew Johnny and adds you couldn't find a better guy.
 
King tells 21 News how years ago when he and Johnny were standing in the concession line at Sharon Speedway and a young Jeff Gordon, about 13 years old was standing there and didn't have enough money to pay for the hot dog, so Johnny threw a dollar on the counter to pay for it. He joked about buying Jeff Gordon that hot dog at Sharon Speedway.
 
Sis King tells 21 News when you're in racing you have your immediate family and your racing family. She says whatever needed adjusting, or done to put cars together, to put bodies on cars, Johnny handled it.
 
She says Johnny loved his wife, kids, and mother, brother, dearly. His dad passed away a few years ago and Johnny helped take care of his mother. She says this is a huge loss to all who knew him, adding Johnny was a good friend when good friends are hard to find.
 
Zdelar's wife says her son is in the hospital and will need surgery. She says police say excessive speed played a factor in the death of her husband and the young boys.
 
Their condolences go out to the other families who lost loved ones, however, Zdelar's family and his racing family hope other people and teens will learn that speed is meant for safe areas like raceways not roads.
 
Johnny's brother Joe Zdelar choked back tears, saying he can't believe his brother is gone.
 
Zdelar talked about how Johnny worked so hard on the family farm and was excited he could afford a new piece of equipment that would make farming and working the land easier.
 
Joe said parents should be able to talk with their kids and show them what can happen when they speed so more families aren't ripped apart.
 
He is hopeful everyone will say 'I love you' to people important to them since you never know if they will walk back through the door again.
 
Johnny Zdelar's wife Kim says police tell her the driver was speeding recklessly and went left of center and hit John's car. 
 
Her husband was taking her son to his dad's for the weekend, and taking his son's friend home when the accident took place.
 
Zdelar had taken the boys to a Brookfield playoff game.
 
Kim says when she got to the scene, the area of the truck where her husband was sitting was gone or basically destroyed. Kim tells 21 News she would like to thank the woman who called her to say she had her two boys.
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