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Prairie Village crash victim leaves a dance legacy

Updated: 2013-10-13T02:04:40Z

By GLENN E. RICE and KEVIN COLLISON

The Kansas City Star

A Prairie Village man is grieving his wife’s death after a speeding driver trying to elude police caused a wreck Friday that killed her.

“She was the love of my life. … The lesson in this (is) we all need to love as much as we can while we’re together,” said Mike Mogenson, the husband of Tiffany Mogenson, a former Chiefs cheerleader who ran a dance studio in Blue Springs, where she grew up.

“Tiffany was a beautiful person who positively touched so many others’ lives,” Mike Mogenson said in a statement released Saturday.

Tiffany Mogenson was waiting at a red light at about 1 p.m. Friday at 75th Street and Roe Avenue in Prairie Village when the fleeing driver sped into the intersection, causing a four-vehicle wreck. Mogenson died at the scene.

The driver who caused the crash fled from the scene, but police chased and arrested him a few blocks away.

Prosecutors charged Roy Lee Maney, 31, of Shawnee, with involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence. He was being held in the Johnson County jail with bond set at $200,000.

According to her dance company’s website, Tiffany Mogenson danced on the Silver Dance Team at Blue Springs High School, was a four-year member of the Golden Girls dance team at the University of Missouri and served as a Chiefs cheerleader in 2007 and 2008.

“Throughout middle school and high school she danced competitively all over the nation for her studio’s dance troupe,” according to her studio website.

Condolences and remembrances appeared on the studio’s Facebook page Saturday. One parent said her daughter was devastated when she learned of Mogenson’s death. After her 14-year-old daughter joined the dance studio this year, Dawn O’Guin immediately saw the teen’s confidence blossom.

Mogenson had a way to make each student at the studio feel special, O’Guin said.

“We have lost someone who was more than just a dance teacher,” she said. “She (Mogenson) really touched those kids in a different way.”

To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com.

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