Best friends say Halloween was one of Steven Schwartz’s favorite times of year. He had a thing for pirates — Steven the pirate they called him — but he wasn’t one for taking from those around him.
Those he loved say Schwartz was an incredible giver.
“My wife was actually one of Steve’s wife’s roommates in college,” said Schwartz’ friend Adam Gothard.
College is what first brought Alfred Raman, Adam Gothard and Schwartz together. From isolated students in the College of Engineering at Sac State, they became brothers.They watched Schwartz grow into a loving husband and gentle father.
“When you meet somebody special, somebody that you love like a brother, it just changes you. You become a better person,” said Raman.
Folsom police say Schwartz was modeling that “better person” he called others to be early Saturday morning, when this BMW SUV slammed into another car head-on along Folsom Lake crossing.
He’d just finished dropping off friends leaving a class reunion; he was their designated driver.
“I was just in shock. I think I was just at a complete blank at first,” said Gothard.
“I didn’t know what to think. I was stuck. I was lost,” said Raman.
Raman, the best man at Schwartz’ wedding, says as sad as their family picture is for him to see now, it represents his friend’s greatest dreams realized. They were dreams Schwartz had even back during their party days in college.
“The way he loved his family was just awesome to see,” said Raman.
Five years ago, Schwartz became a husband to Alyssa. And 18 months ago, he became a father to little Steven. His friends pledge to make sure young Steven knows the parts of his dad they did.
“I think he was in our lives to bless us so we could bless other people. That is something we will carry with us,” said Raman.
Schwartz’s wife and parents were still too emotional to speak on camera about him Monday. His funeral has been set for Saturday.
Police say excessive speed was a factor in the crash that killed him — no word yet about drugs or alcohol.
The other driver who died has not yet been identified.