SALT LAKE CITY — Two Sandy boys recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash that resulted in the deaths of their parents received a hospital visit from a fellow Utah native and professional hockey player.
Trevor Lewis, 29, of the Los Angeles Kings, who was born in Salt Lake City and briefly played for the Utah Grizzlies, visited 16-year-old Kyle Wight and 13-year-old Karsen Wight at a Denver hospital Monday. The Kings play the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
"Glad I got to meet Kyle and Karsen! Stong kids! #Utahhockey," Lewis posted on his Twitter account.
In the picture, Lewis is standing between Karsen, who is in a hospital bed, and Kyle, who is standing in a hospital gown.
The Wights were driving from Utah to a hockey tournament in Denver last week on U.S. 287 about 13 miles south of Laramie, Wyoming, when a semitrailer crossed into oncoming traffic and hit them head-on.
Bob Wight, 57, and his wife, Dawn, 46, were killed. According friends of the family, Kyle suffered a broken arm and broken leg, and Karsen was being treated for internal injuries.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol believes driver fatigue on the part of the semitrailer driver was a contributing factor. Charles Gibson, 58, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, who was not injured, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide.
The Wight family are staples in the Utah hockey community. Kyle plays for Brighton High School. Karsen, who goes to Eastmont Middle School, has played for several junior teams in Salt Lake City and Boise.
Hockey organizations throughout Utah have been posting messages of condolence and rallying to support the two boys.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help with Kyle and Karsen's medical expenses.