Family remembers young man killed in Magna crash

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MAGNA, Utah (ABC4 News) – The family of a man killed in a crash on U-111 Monday is remembering him for his kindness and sense of humor as they struggle with his sudden death. 

26-year-old Weston Gillen of Riverton died on Monday after hitting a pole at the intersection of Bacchus Highway and 4100 South. Police say Gillen was headed east on 4100 South then suddenly made a U-turn and started heading west.

Soon after, investigators say Gillen hit a pole with his vehicle which burst into flames. He died at the scene leaving behind a loved ones still trying to come to terms with his passing. 

“He was one of the kindest, funniest, most humble human beings I’ve ever met,” said one of his brothers, Deven Gillen, in a Facebook post. “Words can’t describe the love I have for my brothers and when I got the call I was in shock but I felt my whole body shake for a whole minute and I could feel him hugging me but with fire.” 

Kimberly Gillen, Weston’s mother said her son was the youngest of seven boys. 

“All his brothers were always there for him,” said Kimberly Gillen. “He is just so loved by all of his family and will always be remembered for his kindness.” 

Weston’s obituary describes him as the one his parents called their “little peacemaker”, because of the tangible feeling of peace that entered the room the day he was born. 

Kimberly Gillen said that her son had a car that he really just loved,so she wants to try to find a way to restore it as a way to remember her son, as it was a part of who he was. 

“He loved hunting, fishing and hiking and found peace in the beautiful outdoors of Utah,” as stated in his obituary. “He also loved playing music, writing songs and art.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family pay for a custom headstone and funeral expenses for anyone wanting to help. 

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