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Family friend remembers victims of crash

9:25 PM, Apr 1, 2012   |    comments
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THORNTON- Jarren Lewis and his big brother Seth were more than just brothers. They were best friends who were always together and constantly creating new memories.

Close family friend, Lynda Slavens says the Lewis family is very close.

"They're very close with each other. They're your traditional American family trying to make it through these tough times," Slavens said.

Slavens has known the family for more than ten years. She says Seth and Jarren would always go to the lack with her family during the summer. It was a trip Slavens says her kids always looked forward to.

"Seth and Jarren (JJ) would always play with my kids, they would go tubing, they would throw the Frisbee, they would dunk each other," She said.

Slavens says the two brothers were inseparable.

"Just always together, very close," She said.

Saturday afternoon wasn't any different. Jarren, Seth and their roommate were walking on the shoulder of East 168th Avenue in Thronton. Police say 33 year-old Michael Grennen veered off the road and hit the group from behind. Investigators believe Grennen was distracted by his cell phone.

"JJ when he was describing what happened he said he doesn't have recollection. The one thing he does remember is seeing his brothers body laying there," Slavens said.

A life time of memories and seeing his brother's life end was Jarren's the last one. Now, his family is hoping that others will stop using their cell phone's while driving because of their tragic loss.

Pat Grennen, Michael's father said, "We as a family are totally devastated by this horrific accident. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims. At this point, all we can say is how sorry we are and hope that people will pray for the victims, their families and also for Mike. We will continue to pray for the young man's recovery. I hope that, God willing, he will recover."

Michael has been charged with careless driving resulting in death. Police say those charges could be changed depending on the District Attorney.

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