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July 5, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Taxi driver killed in Auburn crash was a caring man who liked to talk

Brian Love took in Don Duncan when he was homeless. He would give someone a 30 minute answer to a “yes” or “no” question. If someone needed a ride home, the taxi driver would drive them, even if they couldn’t afford it.

“He was just a very caring guy,” said Duncan, 66, of Auburn, who was friends with Love for at least 25 years.

Love, 56, was driving home after dropping off Duncan at his house following their shift early Friday morning when an SUV ran a red light and broadsided his cab, Auburn police said. Love died at the scene.

Friday evening, as he was driving his cab, Duncan described Love as a caring man with lots of stories. The two met when Love owned a pizza parlor, one of many jobs he held at one point or another. He also worked at a spaghetti factory and drove an ice-cream truck.

Love was a talker, Duncan said. For Love, a question that needed only a “yes” or “no” answer would merit a 30 minute response.

After shifts at Tim’s Taxis the two would often get drinks at the Rainbow Cafe. Once, someone in the bar asked Love a question, which regulars knew was a mistake.

“Everyone in the bar said, ‘no, no, don’t do that,’  because he would go on and on.”

He was engaged, Duncan said, and wanted to marry his fiancée so she would have help “in case anything ever happened to him.”

An SUV was traveling south on Auburn Way North when the driver ran the red light at Main Street and collided with the eastbound taxi, Auburn Police Commander Mike Hirman said. The male driver and female passenger of the SUV suffered  serious but non life-threatening injuries and were taken to Auburn Regional Medical Center.

The driver fled from the scene but was soon caught, Hirman said. The man is in custody and charges are pending.

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