FARMINGTON – The Davis County Sheriff’s Office says a safety official working for a demolition derby was killed during an event Wednesday night.
Davis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. DeAnn Servey said the man was working as a derby official and was trying to help a driver whose vehicle had been disabled when the weight of the vehicle shifted on top of him.
The man was identified as 41-year-old Bren Ewing of Hooper, and was working as a safety team member for Intrepid MotorSports.
Servey said emergency personnel and other derby officials rushed to free Ewing, who was trapped underneath the vehicle.
Ewing was flown by helicopter to Ogden’s McKay-Dee Hospital and later pronounced dead, according to Servey.
Particulars about the incident were not immediately available, and Servey said, “We’ll take some time to investigate this.”
Servey said the county provides law enforcement security and paramedic resources for the derby, but could not comment about safety regulations for events like the derby.
The Clipper also contacted Intrepid owner Mike Vanalfen, and he declined immediate comment on the incident.
Ewing’s family later released a statement, saying:
“Bren Ewing, 41, of Hooper died tragically on Wednesday, Aug. 13, in an accident at the Davis County Fair Demolition Derby. He was a gentle, kind, generous and very forgiving man who has spent the past 15 years participating in demolition derbies across the country. He was loved by all those who knew him.
Ewing is survived by his wife, Danyel, six children, one grandchild and one grandchild expected to be born by the end of the month. He is also survived by his demolition derby family.
The accident was a tragic incident. The family is asking the media and the public to respect their privacy and give them time to grieve.”