The family of 21-year-old Vasiliy Yaroshchuk, who died in a Saturday motorcycle crash, says he should be remembered as a kind person who was dedicated to God.
Vasiliy’s older brother, Pavel Yaroshchuk, 26, confirmed Vasiliy was the motorcyclist who died in the crash on the Boise Bench.
The accident occurred around 12:30 a.m. at Vista Avenue and Cassia Street. Vasiliy, southbound on the motorcycle, collided with the side of an SUV that was attempting to make a left turn onto Vista, authorities said.
A female passenger on the motorcycle was hospitalized with serious injuries. Boise police have not shared the woman’s name and her condition as of Monday evening was unknown.
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Pavel said he did not feel comfortable releasing the woman’s name Monday.
Neither Vasiliy nor his passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Pavel said his brother was one of seven siblings. Vasiliy especially enjoyed spending time with his niece and nephews.
“Our family was very close and always has been,” Pavel said.
The family moved to Boise from the Ukraine when Vasiliy was about 6 months old. Vasiliy was a graduate of Borah High School and taught Sunday school at Morning Star Christian Church in Boise.
He went on to Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento, Calif., where he studied auto body repair — his brother’s passion, Pavel said.
“He has a signature smile that everyone who knows him can’t forget,” said Pavel.
Vasiliy’s funeral service is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Morning Star Christian Church. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses.