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Victim of fatal rollover on Westnedge ID'd, vigil held at location of crash

A candlelight vigil was be held in honor of McVay Sunday evening at 9 p.m. at the location of the crash. Loved ones, including McVay's siblings and family, joined arms to pay tribute. (WWMT/Mike Krafcik)

The victim of a rollover accident on Friday evening in Kalamazoo near the intersection of South Westnedge Avenue and Wheaton Avenue has been identified by family members at 26-year-old David McVay.

McVay, a father of a 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, was the passenger inside a vehicle that Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said left the road near South Park Place Avenue, struck a pole and rolled over before striking a bicyclist. McVay was removed from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

"You would never think that a person like him would be gone this quick because he was just a humble person and a wonderful person and loved by everybody in this city," Steven Johnson, the stepbrother of McVay, said on Sunday. "He was just so loved."

Kalamazoo resident Eric Steward took to Facebook, expressing his shock as he and his young son watched the accident unfold directly in front of his Vine neighborhood home.

"As I look out of the window, a car is in mid-air flipping toward the window," Steward said in a Facebook video. "I grabbed him and threw him across the room because the car [was] headed toward the window at a high speed."

Police said both the bicyclist who was struck and driver of the vehicle are expected to be okay. McVay was reportedly not wearing a seat belt.

"It's crazy to me that he didn't have his seat belt on," Johnson said. "[If] he had his seat belt on, maybe he still would have been here."

A candlelight vigil was be held in honor of McVay Sunday evening at 9 p.m. at the location of the crash. Loved ones, including McVay's siblings and family, joined arms to pay tribute.

"He's such an amazing person and I don't know how I can fill this hole in my heart," Jen McVay, David's sister, said.

McVay is also being remembered well-known hip hop producer, who went by the name of '808 McVay.'

A GoFundMe has been set up in an effort to support his funeral expenses and children.

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