Family remembers two brothers killed in crash along SR-201

Posted at 9:56 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 23:59:46-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Two brothers were killed on State Route 201 Wednesday after they pulled over to change a flat tire and were struck by another vehicle, and Friday the family spoke about their loved ones.

"I was shaking... Shock!" Jorge Arellano said.

Miguel Arellano added, "Its hard... Just really hard."

Three of Armando Arellano-Fergoso's children frequently gather on the front porch, remembering their father and and their uncle, Abel Arellano.

"My dad wouldn't want us to just give up, I know that," Miguel Arellano said. "He never gave up on me as many times as I messed up or anything, he was always there trying to help: Always."

Jorge Arellano said his dad was doing him a favor when the fatal crash occurred.

"I needed some material picked up, so I gave him a call on his phone and said, 'Hey Dad, can you pick this up for me?'"

Jorge's father Armando agreed to help, not just because he and his son worked together, but because helping family is just the way the Arellanos do things.

It was along SR-201 that Abel came to help his brother Armando.

"They were very close," Claudia Arellano said of the brothers. "That's the one thing we are actually glad about is that they're together, they're not alone."

Jorge Arellano agreed.

"There was no hesitation. My dad would always call my uncle, and my uncle didn't hesitate to help, it just wasn't even a second thought," he said.

While the men were on the side of the road, another car drifted over, hitting and killing both men.

"And I saw everyone here on the front porch and I knew it was true, and then I heard Fox's initial report of how they were hit and how they died instantly: That's when it hit me like a ton of rocks, like that I had just lost my father and my uncle," Jorge Arellanos said.

As the family remembers their father and their uncle for the kind and hard-working men that they were, they have a message for other drivers.

"You see someone pulled over on the side of the road, please just move over to the next lane , drive past them and then move back," Jorge Arellanos said. "There's no need for these kinds of accidents or tragedies to occur anymore."

As for the condition of the driver who caused the crash, police haven't given any information other than that he was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.  As for the families affected, a Go Fund Me page has been set up.