Friends, family remember man killed in Davis County demolition derby accident

Posted at 8:31 AM, Aug 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-14 23:49:17-04

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah -- Friends and family are remembering a man who was killed in a demolition derby accident in Davis County Wednesday night.

Bren Ewing, 41 of Hooper, was killed after he ducked under an overturned truck to check on a driver and the truck rolled onto him.

Ewing's family sent Fox 13 this statement:

Bren Ewing, 41, of Hooper died tragically on Wednesday, Aug. 13, in an accident at the Davis County Fair Demolition Derby. He was a gentle, kind, generous and very forgiving man who has spent the past 15 years participating in demolition derbies across the country. He was loved by all those who knew him.
Ewing is survived by his wife, Danyel, six children, one grandchild and one grandchild expected to be born by the end of the month. He is also survived by his demolition derby family.
The accident was a tragic incident. The family is asking the media and the public to respect their privacy and give them time to grieve.

Bren Ewing

Bren Ewing

Officials said Ewing was acting as a safety officer for the event and was checking a disabled vehicle when it shifted and fell on him. He was working for Intrepid Motors, which is the company hired to organize the derby.

Emergency crews freed him and he was flown to a local hospital here he later died.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

John Petroff, Davis County Commissioner, said a demolition derby has been a staple of the Davis County Fair for decades, and he said they are usually safe.

"I don’t remember having a broken arm or anything for years and years and years," he said.

The owner of Intrepid Motors, Mike Vanalfen, said over the phone Ewing was his best friend and that his loss would be felt throughout the derby community.

Officials said this is the second fatal accident at a derby this summer.

The first was in Delta where a man was also killed by a derby car.

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WARNING: Video below is a raw recording of the accident at the demolition derby in Davis County. Viewer discretion advised. Courtesy: Sue Ellen Huber.