Wichita crash victim remembered for his desire to help others

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Carla Wade still breaks down when she thinks about her friend’s early-morning car accident.

“We are lonely without him, his presence is definitely missed,” said Carla Wade.

That friend was 72-year-old Steve McClain. He was driving the wrong way on Kellogg near Maize early Wednesday morning. Somehow, he got on the wrong way of the highway and crashed head-on into a pickup truck.

Police what prompted to get in the wrong lane of the highway, but there was heavy rains that could have led to limited visibility at that time of the morning.

His early drive didn’t surprise Wade; he was often to work by 5 or 6 most mornings.

“We’re just trying to get through the way he would’ve wanted us to, remembering everything he gave to us while he was here,” she said.

He worked with her as a counselor at the Substance Abuse Center in Wichita and had known him for more than 20 years.

“Steve is a very religious, spiritual person and that is helping us right now,” she said.

Family members told us that he had his own addictions but was sober for 39 years. And after he got clean, he decided to help others. He was involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and would work with inmates at the Sedgwick County Jail and in Winfield.

He used his sobriety as a fuel to help others.

“He was one of the most sensitive, insightful people that I’ve ever met,” she said. “He dedicated his life and made it his mission to help people who were struggling with drinking or drugs.”

A memorial services will be held Friday at Central Community Church at 2 p.m.

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