Loveland kid killed by presumed intoxicated driver remembered for bubbly personality, love of fishing

LOVELAND, Colo.-- Family members say a 13-year old Loveland boy, who was eliminated by a suspected drunk chauffeur Friday night, had an enthusiasm for life and a love of fishing.

"He was an incredible boy," said Emily Krawczuk, Gavin Myers' auntie. "He would chime in and state a few of the most off the wall things and make us laugh."

Krawczuk informed Denver7 that Gavin was strolling northbound on the west side of N. Wilson Opportunity, near Glen Isle Drive, when he was struck by a pickup truck that left the road, leapt a curb and drove onto the grass.Tire marks are still clearly visible on the grass." There are no skidmarks,

"she said." No indication of even trying to prevent something like this ... (Gavin) was in a location, a location where he need to have been safe."

Krawczuk said household members constantly taught Gavin to walk on the side of the roadway dealing with oncoming traffic, so he could "see something coming his method and aim to prevent it."

She stated her household's sorrow is compounded knowing that the situations were avoidable.This chauffeur"could have prevented the situations by making a different choice that didn't rip this young guy out of our life,"she said.Loveland Authorities arrested 47-year old Richard Roy Swanson. He is now being held for investigation of Automobile Homicide, Careless Driving Resulting in Death and DUI.Swanson has a previous driving record. He was charged with Failure to show Proof, Driving Under Restraint and Expired Temporary Plates in March of 1999. He pleaded Guilty to a lesser charge.In December of 1998, he pleaded Guilty to Possession/Display of a Revoked/Altered Registration Plate and Running a Car w/o Insurance.In. June of 1995, he pleaded Guilty to Operating a Vehicle w/o Insurance.Molly Foster, Gavin's other aunt, told Denver7," I don't have

words to express how we are feeling. It's so stunning. "Foster came to the interview wearing Gavin's hat." He used everything the time, "she stated, choking with emotion." I desired to wear it too. "Gavin was apparently wearing a hat the night he was killed.Investigators spray painted the area

where his hat arrived on the walkway after impact.Krawczuk said Gavin had an outbound character and a fantastic sense of humor. "He would (mimic )Arnold Schwarzenegger,"she stated,"Back to the chopper,"ha ha ha. It would drive us type of insane, but it was so funny.

""It was Gavin,"Foster stated." He was a bubbly kid. He never ever held back with anybody."Foster told Denver7 that Gavin invested the summertime with her side of the household in Iowa last summer.She took him fishing on the Mississippi River. "I had to have him hook the worm

due to the fact that I couldn't do it, "she stated. "He was like,'No Molly, simply offer it to

me,'and he put it on the hook.Foster said her nephew acquired his love of fishing from his father, Eric.

"He loved coming here to Lake Loveland,"she said.

"That's why we chose to do the interview here." Foster stated Gavin caught this 20 pound catfish while costs(last) summertime in Iowa.

"He enjoyed doing that,"she said." He wished to be on the river.

"When asked if Gavin ever discussed exactly what he wanted to do later in life, Krawczuk said he was focused more on

the now."He liked playing football. He loved being outdoors, and he enjoyed fishing," she stated.

"He was lucky sufficient to have been fishing with his friends the day of the mishap." "He simply desired to grow up and be an amazing person, "she added."He had the personality and the drive and

the will to do that. "When asked if there was anything else she wanted people to understand, Ms. Foster informed Denver7,"I don't hate the man(who eliminated Gavin.) I decline to have hatred in

my heart and I want his household to know that I forgive him.She added that she was speaking for herself just, not any other family members.She also said that she desires anyone who walks near traffic to remain focused."Don't be looking at your phone,"she stated. "Keep your eyes on your surroundings." A classmate of the victim told Denver7 that good friends will gather at Lucille Irwin Middle

School in Loveland, at 2:30 on June 13, to sign posters for Gavin's parents, Eric and Melissa.She said there

will be a big event at Midday on July 2, at Mehaffey Park. That's where buddies and

loved one will gather for a balloon release and a skating occasion in remembrance of Gavin.

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