Teen who fell 40 feet to his death is remembered for his love of life and adventure

Teen who fell 40 feet to his death is remembered for his love of life and adventure (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - Keltin Ouelette, fell through the roof at an industrial warehouse on Monday night at Wagstaff Crane Service at 4315 South and 300 West in Murray.

“He was a great kid,” said an emotional Phillip Ouelette, Keltin’s father, who spoke to 2News Dan Rascon over the phone. “He was very outgoing and had a lot going for him. We were supposed to get together this weekend.”

“It was a shock, somebody so young,” said an emotional Suzy Woods, Ouelette’s step-mother to 2News. “Anybody who was around him he always made them laugh. He always lit up the room when he’d come in especially if he knew someone was having a hard time.”

Officer Kenny Bass with Murray police says they got the call at about 8:45 on Monday night that someone had fallen through a roof. He says paramedics did what they could to try and save the young man but his injuries were too severe.

Bass says Ouelette was with two friends, a 14 and 18-year-old when they believed they climbed over the fence of the business and climbed up onto the roof of one of the buildings.

“To get up there took some skill and climbing in and of itself,” said Officer Bass. “I don’t know their ultimate decision other than they were just messing around.”

Woods says Ouelette was known to live on the edge doing a lot of crazy stunts but doesn’t know if that is what was involved in this.

“Why they were up there we have no idea. We don’t know if it was just out of fun or what they were doing,” said Woods.

Ouelette was currently living with his girlfriend in Murray who had a two-month-old baby boy.

His family says that little boy turned his life around for the better. “That baby really brought out a lot in him. He was starting to straighten out his life,” said Woods.

Friends have set up a fund to help the family with funeral expenses.

Following is the official company statement on behalf of Wagstaff Crane Service, LLC, regarding the accident that took place last evening:

We are deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Ouellette that took place Monday evening at the property near 4500 South and 300 West in Murray, Utah. The property was only recently leased by the company and has been undergoing renovation before being fully occupied. We express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this young man during this difficult time. We are fully cooperating with the local authorities in their ongoing investigation of what appears to be a tragic accident.
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