Del Oro High School student dies in Rocklin car accident

Update: Memorial fund established
By: Martha Garcia, Gold Country News Service
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Update: A memorial fund to help the family of Brad Schlimmer cover funeral expenses has been opened at Bank of America in Loomis, account No. 0808368753. Donations can also be mailed to: Greg or Wendy Schlimmer, In Memory of Bradley Schlimmer, c/o Del Oro High School, 3301 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA 95650. Hundreds of friends and family expressed their love for Brad Schlimmer, 17, at a candlelight vigil Saturday night. The Del Oro High School junior and Loomis resident lost his life in a solo car crash Friday evening. The vigil began at 6 p.m. at the site of the accident, on Pacific Street in Rocklin, across from the Live Oak Tavern and near the Loomis border. The overwhelming number of cars caused authorities to close Pacific Street, and by 6:30 p.m. the vigil was moved to the Del Oro High School parking lot. Schlimmer’s aunt, Davina Weaver of Weimar, described Brad as a “big bear of a kid who just loved everyone.” According to Andy Portillo. Loomis Fire Protection District spokesman, the accident occurred at 7:58 p.m. Friday when the vehicle hit a tree, causing a fire. Portillo added that the driver was trapped in the vehicle, a red Honda. Portillo said the accident occurred in the jurisdiction of the Rocklin Fire Department. At the vigil, Nathan Paddeck said his friend Brad had four favorite things in life: “Family, friends, anything with an engine it, and shooting.” Nathan said his friend was on the Del Oro trapshooting team. In an online comment, user “Mickie” who also used the name Mrs. Giacomini, said she was Brad’s fourth-grade teacher. She called his death an overwhelmingly sad and shocking loss. “I will never forget that goofball bear-of-a-boy with the great big, zany smile,” she wrote. “If anyone was fortunate to be the recipient of one of his huge ole bear hugs, you probably can still feel his arms around you now.” She called Brad’s death at such a young age an overwhelmingly sad and shocking loss. It is, she wrote, “A tragic reminder that life is so short and we need to live life to its fullest everyday ... and never hesitate to hug someone ... Brad never did. “ **Comments were removed because several of them violated the terms of service. - GCM Interactive Team