GoFundMe Austin Lobato
A Colorado community mourns the loss of a 10-year-old boy who died Saturday night after a fatal scooter accident.
After spending time with his friends, the boy — identified by relatives as Austin Lobato — called his parents to tell them he was on his way home and would be back in five minutes, his father said. NBC station KUSA.
When Chad Lobato and his wife heard sirens 20 minutes later, they rushed to the crime scene and arrived to watch their son be transported to the hospital, ABC reported. affiliate KMGH TV.
“Like a father in my heart, I tell him to fight, ‘You’re going to get through this,’ and he just couldn’t hold it,” Chad told KUSA.
Arvada police said they responded to the crash on Candelas Parkway shortly before 7:40 PM local time.
“Arrival officers discovered that a 10-year-old child riding an electric scooter had been hit by a car,” police said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “The driver of the car has remained at the scene and has cooperated with the investigation.”
The 10-year-old died early the next morning.
“The Arvada Police Accident Team is investigating this accident to determine whether charges are appropriate. We do not believe speed or alcohol was the cause of this accident,” the police said. “Our condolences go out to the family of this child.”
Hours before the crash, Chad said he and his wife were there for their son’s football game, where he caught a pass and scored a touchdown.
“He was my best friend,” Chad told KUSA. “Any parent will say their kid was the best kid, but man, in this case he was the best kid.”
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Austin was remembered as a “cute, loving and kind boy” who was the “greatest big brother”.
The 10-year-old “loved adventure, his family, friends and backflipping on the trampoline,” according to a post on a Facebook page GoFundMe page created to help the family with medical and memorial expenses.
“His warm, soft voice brought peace to his rambunctious friends,” the message continued.
Any additional funds raised will go towards creating a scholarship fund in the boy’s name.
As of Wednesday, the GoFundMe has raised more than $70,000.
“It is impossible to imagine the devastation and loss his parents, friends, family and the Candelas community have felt,” the organizer wrote. “Heartbreaking.”