Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:47

Winterport parents remember son killed in limousine crash Featured

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WINTERPORT - 20 people were killed in a deadly limousine crash in upstate New York on Saturday, October 6.

The vehicle sped through an intersection before hitting a parked car.

Former U.S. Marine Michael Christopher Ukaj, whose parents live in Maine, was among those who died.

"He's my baby, I can't even say what I'll miss most," said Mary Ashton, Michael's mother.

She and her husband, Kyle Ashton are mourning the loss of their son.

"It's like we go from crying, to anger, to crying, back to anger, to lost," said Kyle Ashton, Michael's non-biological father.

"He was such a good boy," said Mary.

The day of the crash was Michael's 34th birthday.

Mary and Kyle were one of the last families to find out about their son's death.

"The officer in charge should have called me as soon as he knew, so I didn't have to sit here and wonder and wonder and wonder," she said.

Michael served in Iraq and found his heart for serving the country following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

"He just kept saying I want to be a marine, I want to be a marine, I want to be a marine," said Mary.

"He lived and breathed it the whole time before he got in, it's all he wanted," said Kyle.

His parents remembering him as a straight-shooter and honest man who cared for others.

"Michael was so loving in his actions," he said. "If you asked him to do something, he would jump right to and help out anyone."

In his spare time, Michael loved playing pin ball and his happy, care-free and sometimes goofy nature always came out around his brother Jeremy.

"As soon as Jeremy and Michael saw each other they started in with the arm punching and the leg punching," said Mary.

"They'd make the circle and put it below their hip," said Kyle.

One of the most comforting parts during this difficult time, the outpouring of support by Michael's friends through Facebook.

No matter the comfort, Mary and Kyle will miss their son.

"I don't know how we're going to get through this but with God's help," said Kyle, "we'll get through it."

Kyle and Mary want to thank everyone who has reached out and helped them over the past days.

fundraiser on Facebook for the Ashton family has been set up to help pay for funeral and other expenses.

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