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Friends remember man killed in Thunderbolt crash

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Family, friends and co-workers of Ross Arnsdorff are remembering the life and legacy he leaves behind.

Arnsdorff was killed Sunday night when a truck driven by Anthony Dennis Baxter hit his vehicle on Victory Drive in Thunderbolt. Baxter faces multiple charges, including vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Those who knew Arnsdorff best say this preventable tragedy affects not one, but two families.

"Lives are impacted on both sides in this case. We've lost our friend, Ross, and this young man...his life will change as well. And his family, you know, it ripples out,” said Dee Sutlive, longtime friend of Arnsdorff.

While WTOC was inside the Gaucho, Too boutique Tuesday afternoon, the phone was ringing off the hook...and most of those calls weren't for business, but rather for condolences as news of Arnsdorff's passing spreads.

Sutlive has known Arnsdorff for three decades, and spent half of that working with him, first at the Broughton Street Gaucho boutique, and then at their Victory Drive location.

"He had that basic goodness instilled in him when he was a child by his mother. And with that he also developed as he grew, a great sense of fun, and a great sense of joie de vivre,” said Sutlive.

Sutlive says Ross spent part of Sunday with his mother, taking her to lunch.

"And they didn't talk about business, or the coming season, they talked about life. And that's her takeaway. They had a wonderful last lunch."

Sutlive says the support they've received from the community, in both Savannah and where Arnsdorff was from in Effingham County, has been amazing. It’s helped those at the boutique cope with the loss of such a meaningful part of their Gaucho family.

"He was Gaucho. He was everything about Gaucho. He was the creator, he was the visionary, he was the banker, he was an entrepreneur and he did a fabulous job,” said Sutlive.

Sutlive added that Ross' exuberance will never dim in their minds, and that his enthusiasm and curiosity will live on with his memory.

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