Ewing family asks for financial help, hopes it's enough

Tuesday , August 19, 2014 - 1:17 PM


FARMINGTON — All proceeds from the demolition derby at the Davis County Fair last Wednesday night went to the family affected by the awful accident that led to one man’s death.

A total of $1,500 was raised for the family of Bren Ewing, 41, who died after a disabled derby car rolled on top of him. Ryan Ewing, Bren’s brother who felt burdened with medical bills and funeral expenses, was ever-grateful to receive help.

“My first thought was — thank goodness,” Ryan Ewing said with a sigh of relief, mentioning the financial struggle his brother’s family is currently enduring.

Bren Ewing, of Hooper, was a member of the safety staff overseeing the event.

One of the participating vehicles reportedly rolled over after being hit, according to authorities. Bren Ewing ran over to the disabled vehicle to check on the driver and in the process the car shifted weight and rolled on top of him.

Emergency responders freed Ewing from beneath the vehicle and flew him to McKay-Dee Hospital where he died later that night.

”He just had a big heart for building cars, enough that he even built cars for strangers to destroy,” said the brother who began building cars with Bren 16 years ago with their father.

“I’m shocked — blown away by the support and the help people have offered, from a grave site to their condolences,” Ryan Ewing told the Standard-Examiner in an interview, Monday. T-shirts have been made for purchase and a special bumper for demo cars was auctioned off and bought from a Montana man for $850, Ryan said excitedly.

“Thanks to everyone; the family appreciates it,” he said, specifying the hardship his parents have had recently.

“It’s been difficult writing a check and hoping they don’t cash it anytime soon.” said Ryan Ewing, who hopes there’s another fundraiser. “We’ve had so many people donate, many of those anonymously,” he added. “I’m just hoping we have enough.”

Those who wish to donate to the Ewing family may do so by visiting http://www.gofundme.com/d2gei4. A bank account at America First has also been set up for those wishing to give donations and it is listed under his first name, Bren.

Ewing’s GoFundMe fundraiser had garnered more than $4,000 in just three days. The donation goal on that site is set at $10,000.

A viewing will be held in Ewing’s honor Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at Aaron’s Mortuary, 496 24th Street in Ogden, from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will take place Thursday, Aug. 21 at Aaron’s Mortuary, at 11 a.m.

Interment will be at the Hooper City Cemetery, after which family and friends - up to 200 people - are invited to a nearby luncheon.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.aaronsmortuary.com.

Contact reporter Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or mbriesmaster@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @SE_mbriesmaster. Like her Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SEMorganBriesmaster.

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