Community holds fundraiser for family of 9-year-old boy hit and killed by SUV

Posted at 8:54 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 23:18:32-04

SPRINGVILLE, Utah -- The Springville community came together Friday evening to remember a 9-year old boy hit and killed by an SUV last week.

They honored Jack Dyal by taking on the trait he was most known for: his smile.

In remembering his friend, Andrew Aaron can't help but laugh as he recalled his favorite memories, all the games they enjoyed, and the sports they played together.

"He's a great guy, he was very crazy," he said, chuckling. "He liked to play basketball and soccer."

They did just what kids like to do.

But last week, in a complete and tragic accident, Dyal died while riding his bike home from a Scout meeting.

The community is feeling for the family.

"We are just trying to show our love and support for the Dyal family. We love sweet Jack," said Sno Shack Owner Brooke Simpson, who organized Friday's fundraiser.

They raised money for the family and honored Jack, in Jack Dyal style.

"Smiles for Dyals!" Shouted a group of kids, referring to the Dyal family.

"The thing that everyone will remember about Jack is his smile," Simpson said. "Jack always had a smile on his face."

"Jack's the best! Jack is the best!" kids chanted, as they held signs on the side of the road and cheered at cars passing by.

Families enjoyed snow cones, with laughter and fun. The event was filled with all the things that embodied the 9-year-old boy.

It was in hopes his family knows the impression Dyal made on those around him.

"This has impacted the community, not only just as parents but also as Jack's friends," she said. "Jack's friends are going to miss him terribly, as are all of us."

Simpson said at one point, they had gone through 800 snow cones, and the event was extended by about an hour because of such a great turnout.

Proceeds will go toward the Dyal family to cover medical expenses and funeral costs.

There is also a GoFundMe account set up to help the family.