St. George, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Crowds are gathering Tuesday night at 9 pm for a candlelight vigil at Snow Park in St. George to remember three young men who lost their lives Saturday in a single-vehicle crash.
“I watched him grow up, so this is really hard,” said Sergeant Larry Mower with the Utah Highway Patrol.
It’s a report that Mower didn’t want to hear: There’d been more fatalities on SR 18, and this time he knew one of the men—the driver 21-year-old Micheal James.
“This is really hard knowing someone who’s life was cut way to short, way too early,” said Mower.
The loss of 22-year-old Timothy Fahsel, his brother 26-year-old Jason Fahsel, and James have left family and friends reeling.
“All he ever wanted to do was do right, by me and my daughter and his siblings and his friends,” said James’ girlfriend Ashlyn Scott.
The Saturday crash is still under investigation, but it marks five fatalities on SR-18 in less than a month.
“We don’t know why they keep happening on Highway 18, but I know we’re meeting with UDOT and the City Council,” said Mower.
One man, a passenger, survived. Spensyr Kubat was in the front seat wearing his seatbelt, and tried to help his friends after getting out of the vehicle . A newlywed with a son, his wife said he’s dealing with survivors guilt.
“I was fortunate enough to hear my husband was alive. Their souls cocooned Spensyr,” said Mandy Kubat, Spensyr’s wife.
“You know, we have a job to do out here, and we try to be professional, but when it’s somebody that you know, that you’ve cared about, it definitely hits home, and that’s why I can’t emphasize enough, to please wear your seatbelt and just be safe,” said Mower.
Timothy and Jason Fahsel’s memorial service is Saturday, May 6th at 4 pm at the Calvary Chapel: 3922 Pioneer Road in St. George.