ARCHDALE, NC - A husband and wife, along with their 11-year-old boy, from North Carolina were tragically killed in a fiery wreck Tuesday night in Utah. The couple's 17-year-old son remains in critical condition.
KSTU reports the crash occurred around 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.
According to Utah Highway Patrol, a Porsche Cayenne was traveling east on SR-50 when it passed another vehicle and the driver did not immediately return to its lane.
The Cayeene struck a Ford Fusion head-on, and the vehicle's occupants were trapped inside. A passerby cut the seat belts for the passengers in the Cayenne and helped them escape the fire. That driver is stable, while a 9-year-old passenger is in critical condition.
The driver and front passenger of the Fusion were killed instantly. Utah High Patrol has identified them as 47-year-old Tyrone Bova and his wife, 43-year-old Holly Jo Bova, of Archdale.
Haden Bova, an 11-year-old boy who was in the back seat of the Fusion, died on the way to the hospital. A 17-year-old boy who was also in the back seat of the Fusion remains in critical condition.
Investigators believe the Cayenne's driver had been distracted by dogs in the vehicle. Speed was also a factor in the crash.
According to UHP, the Bova family was vacationing in Utah at the time of the wreck. Family friends told FOX 8 that the Bovas had plans to visit sites, friends and family during the 18-day cross country trip.
Holly and Tyrone Bova both worked at Carolina Management Team.
On Wednesday night, friends, coworkers and classmates are gathering at Crossover Community Church for a vigil at 7 p.m.