Heroux ‘always made everyone smile’

Charlie Heroux died in an auto accident in Vancouver on April 11, 2013. (Undated courtesy photo Chynele Johnson.)
Charlie Heroux died in an auto accident in Vancouver on April 11, 2013. (Undated courtesy photo Chynele Johnson.)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – Charlie Heroux got off from work at Smokey’s Pizza, went home, changed his clothes and headed over to see his brother and friends Thursday night.

He never got there.

Heroux, 26, died in a three-vehicle crash caused by an alleged drunk driver near the intersection of E. 33rd and P Street in Vancouver, just blocks from his home.

His family is devastated by his loss.

Charlie Heroux (left) died in an auto accident in Vancouver on April 11, 2013. (Undated courtesy photo Chynele Johnson.)
Charlie Heroux (left) died in an auto accident in Vancouver on April 11, 2013. (Undated courtesy photo Chynele Johnson.)

“Everytime I saw him he’d always give me the biggest hug, such a big squeeze, tight squeeze,” his sister-in-law Chynele Johnson told KOIN 6 News.

Police said Vancouver resident Mark Gant crashed his Honda into two pickup trucks, including the one Heroux drove. Heroux died at the scene.

Neighbor Jeanne Willis said, “I feel very badly that man died. Everybody did come out and try to help right away.”

The two others in the second pickup were not hurt.

Gant, 20, is in the Clark County Jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence.

A memorial sprang up at the site in Vancouver the morning after Charlie Heroux died in an auto accident in Vancouver, April 12, 2013
A memorial sprang up at the site in Vancouver the morning after Charlie Heroux died in an auto accident in Vancouver, April 12, 2013

 

A memorial to Heroux at the site of the crash continues to grow. Friends and family held a vigil at the scene Friday night.

“He’s the best person  that I know. He was so genuine, everybody loved him so much,” Johnson said. “Everybody loved him like he was always, always making everybody smile.”

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