UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (CBS) — A couple from south suburban University Park was killed in a freak accident this week, when their car plunged from a fourth-story parking garage in Indianapolis.

Charles Hunt, 73, was a Vietnam veteran. He and his wife, Iristeen – or Iris, 70 – were active in the local VFW Post 311 in University Park. Those who knew them well were left in mourning.

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“Charles was the fun guy,” said VFW hall house manager Willie Goodson, a friend of the Hunts’.

Charles Hunt was also a retired Chicago Transit Authority Employee. He and Iris spent a lot of his time at the VFW hall.

“We were in Vietnam together,” said Larry Woolridge. “He was a well-known character.”

But of course, stories of battle were not the topic of conversation Thursday night. Instead, the focus was on the Hunts and their tragic accident.

WTTV-TV CBS 4 in Indianapolis reported around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday the couple’s brown 2013 Lincoln MKX was headed south in the Market Center Garage in downtown Indianapolis when it hit the left rear corner of a parked car, struck the parking garage wall, and plunged to the ground.

The car landed upside down on its roof, killing the Hunts.

“That really hit me right then – what happened? Why did the car go off the parking lot? What happened? Did the accelerator stop or hang up or what?” Woolridge said.

“Just shock, just shock – the way it happened and how it happened,” Goodson added.

In May, video captured one of the Hunts’ final dances as they celebrated Iris’ 70th birthday in May. It is a moment their other family at the VFW holds onto.

“I lost a buddy,” Woolridge said, “a fishing buddy.”

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The Hunts were in Indianapolis visiting a sick relative. As of Thursday night, police had not determined the circumstances surrounding the crash or what led up to it, but were calling it accidental.

Charlie De Mar