A father of seven was murdered in a crash in Utah that authorities believe was caused by an inebriated motorist.
The crash happened in Tooele County on Saturday morning around 9:09 a.m., according to a statement from the Utah Department of Public Safety. Maksym Vechirko, 35, of Sacramento, California, was identified as the victim by authorities.
According to a GoFundMe website set up to help Vechirko’s wife and their seven kids, Vechirko — whose name is spelled Maksim on the page — was delivering fruit at the time of the tragedy to provide for his family.
According to the page, which has garnered over $107,000 in donations, Vechirko’s wife is also expecting the couple’s eighth child.
According to the DPS, Vechirko had pulled over on the right shoulder of eastbound I-80 and was standing outside his Mercedes Sprinter van and trailer when the trailer was hit by a Hyundai Elantra. The Elantra then struck Vechirko, killing him.
According to the officials, there were no further injuries in the incident.
According to a local news site, Vechirko was the son of a passenger in the same vehicle.
Shelby Kenneth Secrist, 43, was later identified by police as the alleged driver of the automobile that struck Vechirko, according to the site.
Officials reportedly discovered controlled narcotics in Secrist’s vehicle, according to a probable cause statement obtained by the publication.
Secrist was detained on various charges on Sunday, including automobile homicide, DUI, possession of drugs and paraphernalia, and possessing an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.
It’s unclear whether he’s entered a plea or hired an attorney.
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