PROVO — Brigham Young University student Timothy Filichia Jr. could often be found on the phone at 3 or 4 in the morning, talking to friends who needed advice and consolation.

"I would tell him, 'You can't function on two hours of sleep,"' said his dad, Timothy Filichia Sr. "But he would say, 'They need somebody to talk to.' He spent an incredible amount of time counseling with people who needed to talk."

Now, all the friends who got advice and counsel are invited to a memorial service in honor of Filichia Jr., who was killed Sunday night in a head-on collision south of Page, Ariz.

Police believe Filichia Jr., 26, who was traveling north, may have crossed over the center line into the path of an oncoming Jeep, and the driver switched lanes to avoid him.

Preliminary reports are that Filichia quickly corrected himself and the two cars crashed head-on in the northbound lane, said Sgt. Brad Elliott with the Arizona Highway Patrol.

The 60-year-old male driver of the Jeep crawled out of his car, which had rolled, and was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries then released.

"It's definitely amazing," Elliott said. "It very well could have turned into a double fatal."

The road, U.S. Highway 89, is a frequently traveled road from central Arizona to Utah and was shut down for four hours as crews cleared the scene.

It has a history of being a dangerous road and despite the state's efforts to widen it, the process is long, requiring permission from Arizona government as well as the leaders of the Navajo reservation, through which the road runs, Elliott said.

The memorial service for Filichia will be today at 7 p.m. in an LDS chapel at 770 E. 800 South in Orem. The chapel is just north of Costco, and the service will be in the building's south chapel.

Filichia Sr. said his son loved people and was happiest watching people succeed.

"We have the same name — he was named after me, but I kind of feel, now that he's gone, it's my honor to carry his name still," Timothy Filichia Sr. said in a phone interview with the Deseret Morning News. "That's kind of upside-down but that's really how I feel. He was an amazing kid."

An Eagle Scout and former senior-class president of his Mesa high school, Filichia Jr. treated his older sister and two younger sisters like princesses and idolized his younger brother.

"He treated his mom like she was a royal queen," Filichia Sr. said, becoming emotional. "And he treated me better than I ever deserved to be treated. He probably didn't need much more time here (on earth). I think he had it mastered pretty good."

Filichia Jr. had his own hardwood flooring company in Arizona and had been coming down to help "a friend of a friend" with a job, his dad said. The BYU student was heading back to Provo for school when the accident occurred.

He was slated to graduate this year in international relations, but told his dad he wasn't sure exactly what he wanted to do — he just wanted to help people.

"One of the best things he ever was, was a friend to anyone and everyone," said Jeanette Lefrandt, a friend from Arizona and BYU. "One of his mottoes was that he just wanted to make people happy."

Another friend, BYU junior Cabrina Minson, said she and Filichia Jr. spent hours talking about books, movies, philosophy and would frequently have barbecues at his apartment with dozens of friends — just like the one they had days before he left for Arizona.

One of Minson's favorite memories now is a 5K the two friends ran last weekend.

"He's a big runner, he did cross country in high school, and I had never run a race before, and he was really good about encouraging me," she said. "He said 'I'll see you at the finish line.' That's really stuck out at me now. He's at the finish line. He'll give us all high fives when we get there."

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