A community is mourning the loss of one of its own, after an accident claimed the life of a senior student and football player from Del Oro High school.
Del Oro football coach Michael Gallagher and his family came to pay their respects to the teen. Gallagher says he remembers Ronny Andrews fondly.
“All I can remember is his smile, and just the life he has in his eyes,” said Gallagher.
With warm brown eyes, and a big smile. Andrews’ friends remember him as a gentle giant.
“He was kindhearted, he loved his school, he loved his friends, he loved his teammates,” said Gallagher.
The 18-year-old was behind the wheel of his car Saturday night in Rocklin when all of a sudden, he lost control and hit a tree on Park Drive.
Signs and flowers in Andrews’ memory now cover the spot where he died.
Just feet from the scene, neighbor Charlene Tilley remembers the horrific crash.
“I heard a loud noise, and I came out immediately,” Tilley said. “I yelled to the young man, did he want me to call the police? And he said ‘yes.'”
Tilley was the first person to approach the teens following the crash. She was able to help one, but she couldn’t help Andrews because he was trapped in the vehicle.
It’s a moment of chaos Tilley says she can’t shake.
“I’m very sorry for them. I wish that I could have done more.”
Andrews’ mom, Fatima Galindo, is stunned by the sudden loss of her youngest son and is heartbroken. She mourns the loss of his bright future.
“He was dreaming,” said Galindo. “We were talking about his plans the other night, the last night we were together.”
Galindo remembers the last conversation she had with her son.
“I love you too, I love you too,” said Galindo. “I tell him all the time, and he goes ‘I love you too’ or ‘te amo’ that’s what he said. I had that on the phone, ‘I love you too.'”
They’re words she will hold onto. Words she says will bring her some peace.
“I know he’s with God, and I’m at peace,” said Galindo. “I’m at peace with him and with what happened.”
There is no indication as to what caused the accident. Police continue to investigate.