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National Guardsman left legacy in St. Augustine

Tim Hruz killed in motorcycle crash. (Erica Bennett)
Tim Hruz killed in motorcycle crash. (Erica Bennett)
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Updated: 6/25/2013 8:42 pm
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- It's a tragedy that has family and friends shaken up. Tim Hruz, 52, gone in an instant. He was a Marine Corps veteran, National Guardsman and friend to many in the community.

"Outstanding, wonderful human being," Harry Maxwell said.

Maxwell knew Hruz well. He said his neighbor moved to St. Augustine a couple of years ago to help his elderly mother. Although he was fairly new, he worked on several of Maxwell's cars for little to no cost and was always kind. He was at his prime in life and had a take-charge way of doing things.

"Had everything to live for, unfortunately," Maxwell said.

Maxwell said Hruz's biggest pride and joy was his 17-year-old daughter. We spoke to her briefly, but she was too shaken up to go on camera.

"He spoke about her finishing high school, which she has. Going to college, which she's getting ready to do," said Maxwell.

The St. Augustine Police Department is investigating details of the crash. Family members said the motorcycle itself is being reviewed for mechanics and functionality. Maxwell believes finding out what happened will help everyone sleep a little better at night.

"Good, bad or indifferent, it's important to know," he said.

Hruz's funeral will be held Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m. at Good News Baptist Church in St. Augustine. He'll be buried at Jacksonville National Cemetery.

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