"I hear my oldest scream to his brother, who I was hoping was unconscious," said father Matt Thurber.
Matt and his two sons had just finished with dinner and were running an errand. While waiting at the corner of 5400 and Canal Street in Taylorsville, they were hit from behind by 45-year-old Manuel de Jesus Guinea.
Police say Guinea was drunk when he hit the Thurber family. Guinea caused a five-car crash.
Matt could not move in the SUV. He lost control of the right side of his body, suffered a head injury, along with stitches and a concussion.
"I remember people running from all directions to the car asking, are you OK?" said the father.
At the same time of the car accident, Aubrie, the mother, just got home noticing the family car was gone but her mother's intuition kicked in.
"I had this weird feeling and happened to turn the TV on. The news just came on and it was breaking news. My heart just sank and I was feeling something wasn't right. There was an accident and a Subaru had been involved. They said there was a 3-year-old that had passed away and I knew it was Zane," said mother.
Mom clinched Zane's favorite toy Curious George and police arrived minutes after the news broke on the television.
"They didn't tell me anything but I knew, I knew it was him. Even before they told me," said Aubrie.
The Unified Police Department took her to the hospital. That's when the family found out their son full of life was no longer with them.
"Don't drink and drive. We remember this stuff from school growing up but it has ruined, had a serious effect on our life," said Matt Thurber.
The parents told ABC 4 Utah's Jason Nguyen they want to thank everyone that helped, especially the man that held onto Guinea at the scene.
A fund has been set up at the Trans Western Credit Union to help with funeral costs. Just tell them you are there for Zane Thurber.