BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) -- 42-year-old Kris Patton was driving his van on highway 69 around one in the morning on Wednesday, when troopers say he was hit from behind by Brittney Nicole Williams, who they believe was drunk.
His van rolled and he was killed.
His friends remember him as someone who was passionate about building and restoring cars and working his job at O'Reilly Auto Parts in Sherman.
They tell us Patton was someone who always put the needs of others before himself.
"He was the guy in the room that always had the smile," said long-time friend Chris Straub. "He made everybody feel like they belonged and like I told you, the irony of the situation is, he was always the [designated driver]."
Patton is survived by his sister.