Apartment manager: Ogden father, son killed in I-15 crash were tight-knit

Mar 7 2012 - 7:00pm

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A blue 2000 Ford Focus was northbound on Interstate 15 just north of 700 South in Clearfield when it went across the median and hit this tractor-trailer Tuesday night. The car's occupants, father and son, Jorge Revilla, 63, and his son Christopher, 29, both from Ogden, were killed. (Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol)

The driver of the Ford, Jorge, lost control on the snow packed roads and went into the median. The car submarined under the cable barrier and went into southbound traffic lanes. A red 2009 Volvo tractor/trailer, was southbound and the Ford slid into the Volvo. It was a t-bone collision on the passenger side of the Ford. Both occupants were killed instantly. The driver of the Volvo, Tomasz Czech (age 53 from Milton,Ontario) was not injured. Seat belts were worn by all occupants. (Photo courtesy of UHP)
This blue 2000 Ford Focus was northbound on Interstate 15 just north of 700 South in Clearfield when it went across the median and hit a tractor-trailer Tuesday night. The car's occupants, father and son, Jorge Revilla, 63, and his son Christopher, 29, both from Ogden, were killed. The two worked as independent contract carriers for the Standard-Examiner. (Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol)
A blue 2000 Ford Focus was northbound on Interstate 15 just north of 700 South in Clearfield when it went across the median and hit this tractor-trailer Tuesday night. The car's occupants, father and son, Jorge Revilla, 63, and his son Christopher, 29, both from Ogden, were killed. (Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol)

The driver of the Ford, Jorge, lost control on the snow packed roads and went into the median. The car submarined under the cable barrier and went into southbound traffic lanes. A red 2009 Volvo tractor/trailer, was southbound and the Ford slid into the Volvo. It was a t-bone collision on the passenger side of the Ford. Both occupants were killed instantly. The driver of the Volvo, Tomasz Czech (age 53 from Milton,Ontario) was not injured. Seat belts were worn by all occupants. (Photo courtesy of UHP)
This blue 2000 Ford Focus was northbound on Interstate 15 just north of 700 South in Clearfield when it went across the median and hit a tractor-trailer Tuesday night. The car's occupants, father and son, Jorge Revilla, 63, and his son Christopher, 29, both from Ogden, were killed. The two worked as independent contract carriers for the Standard-Examiner. (Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol)

OGDEN -- The father and son who died in a car accident Tuesday night were always together, their apartment manager says.

Jorge Revilla, 63, and Cristopher Revilla, 29, who lived at the Tamlyn Apartments in Ogden, died after colliding with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 15 in Clearfield at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday during a snowstorm.

"If they had to go, I'm glad they went together," said Susan Watson, the apartment manager. "You never saw one without the other. They were really close."

Jorge's brother Victor Revilla is busy sifting through the life of his brother, whom he had not seen since Christmas.

"It was something truly unexpected," Victor said. "I never thought something like this would have happened."

Like all sudden tragedies, Victor is scrambling to figure out funeral arrangements for his brother and nephew.

Victor and his family live in Bountiful, so he did not get to see his brother often.

The Revillas have lived in Utah for about 15 years. They originally came from Peru.

Victor said he will consult with the rest of the family but will probably bury the father and son in the area.

Watson said she met the two when she was hired four years ago. The men had lived in the apartment complex since 2006. The two would drop by several times a week to visit.

Recently, Cristopher Revilla stopped by to show her a car he just bought, Watson said.

"They were really beautiful people," she said of the father and son.

Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson said Wednesday that investigators have ruled out impairment as a possible cause of the accident.

Roads were snowpacked, and there were no skid marks, so officials do not know how fast Jorge Revilla was driving when he lost control of the blue 2000 Ford Focus as he traveled north on I-15.

"The car submarined under the cable barrier and went into southbound traffic lanes," according to a news release.

The Ford struck a 2009 Volvo tractor-trailer, killing both Revilla men instantly, troopers said.

Jorge Revilla and Cristopher Revilla were independent-contract carriers for the Standard-Examiner, not employees, said Vaughn Jacobsen, director of operations and circulation with the newspaper.

The elder Revilla has worked with the Standard-Examiner since 2011, while Cristopher began in 2006.

"The circulation department grieves with the rest of the community over the loss of these two men," Jacobsen said. "We express our condolences to the family."

Standard-Examiner reporter Jesus Lopez contributed to this article.

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