FOOTHILL FARMS —
Hundreds of family members and friends came out in Foothill Farms Sunday night to remember a teen who was hit and killed while crossing the street. Fourteen-year-old Devin Sweeting died Tuesday night after a car hit him on Elkhorn Boulevard near Andrea Boulevard.
Traffic in that area is typically heavy and fast, but Sunday, many drivers were forced to slow down as hundreds of Sweeting’s friends, family and classmates paused for a moment of silence near the place he was killed.
“He cared about everyone, he had the biggest heart,” said Jayna Gallegos, Sweeting’s mother.
“He just loved to be around people, loved to be around family and it’s just a big tragedy,” said David Ximenez, Sweeting’s father.
This was a tragedy both his parents feel could have been avoided. Tuesday night, witnesses say Sweeting entered the roadway against the “Do Not Walk” signal and was hit by a Nissan Sentra.
The California Highway Patrol said he died at the scene.
“We want to send out a message to all the kids you know to always be aware and be aware of their surroundings… Headphone sets — leave them off, electronics — no texting while walking,” Ximenez told FOX40.
But as everyone gathered with their candles and flowers, many were disappointed some drivers sped past during the vigil, some coming within inches of mourners.
David Ximenez Jr., Sweeting’s older brother, feels drivers going too fast were part of the problem in the accident that took his younger brother’s life.
“I feel like this intersection is extremely dangerous. I mean, you can just know that the care is not out there, I mean, you just seen that car you know, it just goes and goes and goes,” David Ximenez Jr. told FOX40.
But others are not searching for someone to blame, instead focusing on Sweeting.
“He had a smile that when he walked in the room, his smile led the way,” said Cedric Sweeting, Devin Sweeting’s uncle.
And his parents said they are not surprised so many came to say goodbye.
“I hope that he see this, I hope that he sees every single person here, because he was so loved,” Gallegos said.
Sweeting was a freshman at Mesa Verde High School, playing football on the freshman team.
An account has been set up for Devin Sweeting’s memorial costs: