Michael Jacaway liked to ride dirt bikes, liked to draw and “was a great artist,” uncle Nathan Jacaway said Friday.
Family and friends will remember the 19-year-old’s life at a 6 p.m. vigil Sunday at the intersection of Ustick and Midland roads, east of Caldwell.
That’s near where Michael was found dead Tuesday morning after his vehicle went off the roadway. He was ejected from his car.
First-responders were called to the scene at about 8:30 a.m. The crash may have happened as early as 3 a.m., the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office previously said.
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A funeral has not yet been scheduled. Michael’s family is still taking care of arrangements. A GoFundMe site has been established to raise money for expenses, with $325 raised by Friday afternoon.
Nathan, who lives in New Plymouth, said his nephew worked as a supervisor at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Caldwell.
“He would do almost anything for friends and family. We love and miss him so much,” Nathan said. He thanked those who have offered their support to the family.
He said several family members had died previously in the month of December, including Michael’s grandmother, who helped raise him. It’s a hard month for all of them.
An initial investigation by the sheriff’s office suggests speed and alcohol might have been factors in the crash. Authorities are waiting for toxicology test results to come back.
Nathan Jacaway asked people to work together to prevent similar deaths.
“Please let your kids know if they’re drinking, they can call you or somebody else for a ride without being in trouble,” he said.