Memorial for 22-year-old killed in Florida car crash

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Gerry Yutuc has been living a nightmare since the death of his 22-year-old son, Greg, last Saturday. The Yutuc family was driving along Jacksonville’s Buckman Bridge when their vehicle figured in a car crash.

Greg was sitting in the passenger side and his mother, Gerry’s wife Charina, was driving.

Gerry says it was a rainy day and they were driving slow, but suddenly saw a car flipping down the road in their direction. And just moments before the collision, young Greg
made the ultimate sacrifice.

“According to my wife: Honey, he grabbed the steering wheel. So, the impact, instead of a direct impact which could have, you know, probably killed both of them, the full impact of the crash was fell on him and he got ejected in the process.”

Their vehicle flipped several times from the impact and Greg, who was ejected, was killed. Gerry says, remembering the event brings him guilt.

“Majority of the time when it’s a long distance travel, I normally drive and I couldn’t help but think, it should have been me — not my son. Because I always sat next to my wife or I’m either, I’m the driver, during that fateful day.”

According to the investigation report, drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash. However, it says that Greg was not wearing a seatbelt–a finding that Gerry has a tough time believing.

The Yutuc family says Greg wanted to be a missionary and loved sharing the gospel: a higher calling for Greg that made them all very proud.

“Mabait na bata, sobra. He’s really gentle, he’s gentle soul. And Ithink if there’s one thing that is very evident in his life – yung pagmamahal nya kay god, kay Jesus. It’s really very evident.”

A memorial service celebrating Greg Yutuc’s life was held today at the church at Argyle in Jacksonville.


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