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TOOELE COUNTY, Utah -- The community of Tooele came together this weekend to help a family involved in a horrific crash last month.

Three people were killed and several injured in the three-car crash that happened along State Route 36 near the interchange February 16.

A trip to a concert for their church youth group ended with a crash that killed Donette McCollin and left her husband Kevin paralyzed.

Kevin McCollin was volunteering; driving a van for the group that included their two teenage children. On Sunday, some of their best friends gathered to raise money for the family.

“It's terrifying to think something can change so quickly,” said David Morrow, who is a close friend of the McCollin family.

Last month on a Sunday afternoon, chaos hit State Route 36 in Tooele County as three cars collided. A couple in a Subaru were killed instantly. Donette, known to some as Dee Dee, McCollin also died at the scene.

“Dee Dee was my very first friend when I moved to Dugway in 1984,” said Renee Drochner.

Drochner had been friends with Dee Dee for 30 years. She was there when Dee Dee met her husband Kevin. Kevin had been driving the van with Dee Dee and their two kids when it crashed, and Kevin has been in the hospital ever since.

“Dealing with things, with the death of his wife, and he's also paralyzed from the waist down, so he has to deal with that also,” Drochner said.

Morrow said they hope to relieve any stress they can.

“I want him to focus on getting better,” he said. “You know, a blow like this... I couldn’t even imagine myself, and with something as little as finances—I  didn't want him to worry about it.”

Friends of the McCollin family got together and organized a fundraiser at Morrow’s Tooele tattoo shop. On Saturday alone, $3,500 was raised.

“It's just human nature, the drive to help somebody,” Morrow said of their efforts.

Kevin's kids came to visit him in the hospital Saturday, and it was the first time he`d seen his son Hunter since the accident.

“He looks a whole lot better than I would if I were in his shoes, he's a strong person,” Morrow said.

A memorial fund has been set up so that people can donate from anywhere in the country, the fund is under the McCollin family name at Wells Fargo Bank.

7 comments

  • Jon

    No, the news story purposefully left out that the man being ‘celebrated’ by his community is supposedly the person who, while making an improper lane change, not only caused the death of his wife, the injury of others (including his daughter), and his own paralysis, but also killed two innocent people.
    Two innocent people who were very, very important to their families and to so very many, many people. Two innocent people that the ‘celebrated’ man’s community and (shamefully) FOX 13 News has no concern for, no expectation of blame or justice.
    The message from the community and FOX News 13 is that since the man is alive others should donate to him to ease his unhappiness while completely ignoring the deaths of the completely innocent couple who were killed and the ravaged lives of the people those deaths left behind.
    I’m sorry but I am at a loss as to why there is not even a respectful acknowledgment by the so saddened community and FOX13 News concerning the innocent victims and, at the very least, some acceptance of the ‘celebrated’ man’s culpability.

    • Cindi Hawkins

      Jon, this was an ‘accident’ and not something anyone did intentionally. Whether Kevin was culpable or not has yet to be definitively determined. Nonetheless, his family was one of those devastated by the accident and his Dugway family is trying to ease the burden ahead for them. .NO ONE is ignoring the loss of lives in the accident. They are merely trying to help someone in time of need. I believe that Kevin will relive this accident every day of his life and, perhaps, feel responsible. He did not come out of this unscathed but is paralyzed, a high price he will pay for the rest of his life. I know Kevin and know he would gladly trade his life for his wife’s or the couple killed in the accident if he could. What you wrote is just snotty and heartless. I’m sorry you resent what Kevin’s Dugway and Tooele family and friends have done so unselfishly to help their friend.

      • Renee Drochner

        Well said Cindi! Kevin did not and would never do this intentionally. It was an accident. Plain and simple. No matter whose fault it was.
        Tell me ONE person who has NEVER made a mistake or misjudgment while driving. We all have!
        No one is disregarding the two innocent people, Melodie Clement and Urban “James” Montoya that also died. We all feel so sorry for that family too. From what I have seen, they have been mentioned in every story. There have been a lot of respectful acknowledgements for them! Maybe you just don’t see them. What is it that you would like to see ‘us’ or anyone do or say, that you don’t think is happening, regarding them?? Is there anything that ‘we’ can do or say that would make you happy?
        We are not ‘celebrating’ Kevin, but we all understand the anguish and pain he is feeling too and his friends and family WILL stand by him and help him through this tradegy!!

  • Jon

    No, the news story purposefully left out that the man being ‘celebrated’ by his community is supposedly the person who, while making an improper lane change, not only caused the death of his wife, the injury of others (including his daughter), and his own paralysis, but also killed two innocent people.
    Two innocent people who were very, very important to their families and to so very many, many people. Two innocent people that the ‘celebrated’ man’s community and (shamefully) FOX 13 News has no concern for, no expectation of blame or justice.
    The message from the community and FOX News 13 is that since the man is alive others should donate to him to ease his unhappiness while completely ignoring the deaths of the completely innocent couple who were killed and the ravaged lives of the people those deaths left behind.
    I’m sorry but I am at a loss as to why there is not even a respectful acknowledgment by the so saddened community and FOX13 News concerning the innocent victims and, at the very least, some acceptance of the ‘celebrated’ man’s possible culpability.

  • John

    So, Jon; since the news article left out the information about the other people who died in the accident you are mad at Kevin’s friends and family? that makes no sense. The friends and family of Kevin have done this fundraiser and others to help his family in their time of need.
    I have been watching the news, and have seen nothing about a fundraiser for Mr Montoya or Ms Clements families; if there was something for their families people would help them out also.

    It makes no sense to get mad at people that are trying to help others.

  • David

    Jon, here is a little history on Kevin, this man has sacrificed and given back to his community for the better part of his life, he has saved countless lives as a first responder, helped countless families in there time of need and asked for nothing in return, so yes i am “celebrating” my friend and brother.
    I am celebrating Dee who was a wonderful mother,sister,daughter and person who wanted nothing but happiness for every single person who crossed her path and most of all i am CELEBRATING a family who would do anything for anyone, including you!
    ALL involved with this tragedy are innocent!!! This collision has changed the lives of multiple families and people. but instead of being mad and spreading hate and discontent, use that energy to help the other families involved,help your loved ones because this is only hurting people. You are not helping anyone by verbalizing this opinion….

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