EAGLE MOUNTAIN (ABC4 Utah News) – The father of an 18 year old killed in a head-on crash Wednesday morning says he forgives the driver who police say caused the collision.

Simon Olsen and his new girlfriend 18 year old Hailie Godfrey were killed instantly in the accident when their car was struck by a truck driven by 20 year old Tanner Evans. 

On Thursday, Simon’s older brother Chandler described him as having a heart of gold.

“He was always the life of the party,” Chandler Olsen told ABC4 Utah News. “He could always bring a smile to anyone’s face no matter what kind of day you were having.”

Chandler Olsen was playing basketball with Simon Tuesday evening just hours before the accident.

“We had an extra hour to hang out just hours before it happened,” Chandler said. “He was supposed to move in with me tomorrow and live with me and I was going to help him buy a motorcycle and get a job. I was really looking forward to spending more time with him.”

South Jordan resident Lane Olsen said that Simon was the youngest of his four children, following older sister Alexis and big brothers Chandler and Gehrig.

“Simon would want us to be happy,” Lane said. “He wouldn’t want us to have anger. Simon is probably saying’ ‘I’m up in heaven playing basketball right now. Just getting ready to beat you Dad and win my 50 bucks you owe me’.”

Lane Olsen says that losing his youngest child has been hell but instead of expressing anger or sorrow, he posted a Facebook message of love and forgiveness.

“You can’t change the past,” Lane said. “All we can do is change the future and when you keep anger and hate inside, you’re really not hurting others, you’re hurting yourself and for the quickest way to heal is to be positive, to look through the light, through the darkness and see and remember the good memories of Simon.”

In a final twist of irony, Lane says that he is good friends with the family of Tanner Evans.

“I’m glad that I know them because I think if I didn’t know I would always wonder,” Lane said. “I would always you know what this kid was like or what’s his family like and maybe if he was raised better maybe this wouldn’t have happened but knowing this family, it’s just a horrific accident.”

Lane Olsen told ABC4 Utah News that five years ago he had a dream that Simon wouldn’t live for very long and that caused his to make the most of the time he spent with his son. They had recently taken a white water rafting trip together in Wyoming.

The Facebook post says that Simon’s organs were donated and will help 30 people.

Simon’s funeral will be here in Eagle Mountain this Saturday.