Yuriy Boykos plan was just to take his best friend, Vladislav Yaroshuk, on a short drive Saturday before going home to get ready for Bible class that night.
He just got his car a couple of months ago, and he wanted to show Vlad what his car was like, said Anita Boyko, Yuriys sister. Just the day before, he went with my mom to get his license.
Yuriy and Vladislav, both 16, were killed Saturday afternoon when Boykos 2007 Honda Civic was T-boned by a Hummer SUV, according to the California Highway Patrol. Boyko apparently failed to stop at a red light at the Sacramento County intersection of Bradshaw Road and Vintage Park Drive, witnesses told the CHP.
He was just one turn away from being home, said Anita Boyko, 14.
Now, the families of the two Sacramento best friends will hold separate memorial services for the boys Thursday evening. Both will be buried in Quiet Haven Memorial Cemetery on Friday at different times.
Yuriy and Vladislav had been friends since seventh grade when they both attended Katherine L. Albiani Middle School.
They hung out in the park in front of our house, rode bikes, went fishing, played video games, said Dana Yaroshuk, Vladislavs sister.
Yuriy was set to graduate in December from Visions in Education, an independent study charter school based in Carmichael last year. He was a great kid, said his teacher, Brandon Kim. He was friendly, respectful and an overall smart kid.
Vladislav started attending American Christian Academy this year, so he could graduate in December. He wanted to be able to attend the full-time Bible school our church was starting in January, said Dana Yaroshuk, 22, of Sacramento. His favorite subject was history.
Bharat Sethi, the owner of the Subway where Yuriy started working three months ago, had nothing but praise for him.
He was a wonderful guy, said Sethi. He was a sandwich artist, and as a worker, he was polite and nice to customers.
It was on Yuriys recommendation that Sethi recently hired Vladislav. Vlad only just started, he said. He worked three days, but he was a good guy.
The two families had much in common, although the two boys had slightly different backgrounds.
Yuriy was born in Ukraine, and was the oldest of five kids. Vladislav was born in Sacramento, and was the sixth of eight children.
The Boyko family emigrated to the United States when Yuriy was 2 years old, and lived in Syracuse, N.Y., for a few years before moving to Sacramento in 1999. The Yaroshuks have been in Sacramento since 1989 Vladislav is the grandson of Adam Bondaruk, senior pastor of Bethany Slavic Missionary Church. However, the two families lived in the same neighborhood, and both fathers were truck drivers.
Both teens were active with their respective churches. Yuriy always went to Bible school at Slavic Trinity Church on Friday and Saturday nights, and attended two services on Sundays. Vladislav had worked at Bethany Slavic Missionary Church for a short time, filming church services. He volunteered in the church cafe for two years, said Dana Yaroshuk. He also helped bake and sell bread on Sundays to support a church band.
Recently, both boys took up golf and played regularly at Bradshaw Ranch Golf Course. Earlier Saturday, the two teens had played a round of golf there before coming home around 4:30 p.m. That was when Yuriy told his mother that he was planning to give Vladislav a ride to show off his car.
Mom thought he would just go around the block, said Anita Boyko. He was supposed to come home and my uncle would take him to Bible school.
The Boyko family did not believe that Yuriy had blown through a red light. When he started driving, he said to our mom, I would never bring a ticket back home, she said. He was always careful.
Both families said they will miss the outgoing personalities of the two boys.
He always liked to talk and he was always happy, said Anita Boyko of Yuriy. People liked being around him. When he was there, it felt loud in the house. It felt like family.
Vladislav was the joker in his family. He was loud, outgoing, always funny, said Dana Yaroshuk. He was never quiet. He always had a joke or a funny comeback.
Yuriy Boyko is survived by his parents, Anatoliy and Lidlya Boyko; one sister, Anita Boyko; and three brothers, Michael Boyko, Mark Boyko, Maxim Boyko, all of Sacramento.
Vladislav is survived by his parents, Alexander and Yelena Yaroshuk; four sisters, Anita Yaroshuk, Dana Yaroshuk, Yana Yaroshuk, and Melanie Yaroshuk; and three brothers, Roman Yaroshuk, Nazar Yaroshuk and Samuel Yaroshuk, all of Sacramento.
Editor's Note: This article has been changed to correct the year that the Yaroshuk family has been in Sacramento. Corrected on Oct. 1, 2013.
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