Peoria man among 3 storm chasers killed in Texas car crash

Posted at 4:47 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 11:00:24-04

A Peoria storm chaser is being remembered for his passion and pictures after dying in a Texas traffic accident Tuesday.

Through his lens, Corbin Lee Jaeger reined in some of the most powerful forces on earth.

"We have this passion from the moment we catch the bug," explained fellow Arizona storm chaser Bryan Snider. "It's really a passion; some call it an addiction. You love weather."

Corbin had traveled to Texas for tornado season. His last Instagram post on Tuesday said, "Waiting for them storms! Follow along!"

The post showed a picture of his Jeep. A short time later, that same Jeep was hit by another storm chasing vehicle that ran a stop sign near Spur, Texas, according to state police.

Two other people died — 57-year-old Kelley Gene Williamson and 55-year-old Randall Delane Yarnall — both of Cassville, Missouri. Both people were contractors for The Weather Channel.

Friends describe Jaeger a "glass-half-full" kind of guy, with a big grin and a passion for bringing people together.   

Jaeger and his friends organized an annual monsoon conference in Phoenix. 

"Their passion of just sharing weather and being amongst other people that love the same things they did is a big part of what they did with MonCon," Snider said.

"He was always excited when there was a rain shower," Missouri storm chaser Billy Wade said. "In his memory I'm going to go down and document some of the monsoons in the next couple years."

AGoFundMeaccount has been set up to help with memorial expenses. 

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