Even his last act in this world was a sign of his compassion
Tragedy struck in California last week when a compassionate man named Casey Rivara lost his life while helping ducks to cross the road. The incident occurred at the intersection of Park Drive and Stanford Ranch Boulevard around 8:15 p.m. on Thursday. Casey, identified by his family, had pulled over to ensure the safe passage of the animals across the street, as stated in a press release by the Rocklin Police Department (RPD).
Unfortunately, while standing in the roadway, Casey was struck by a teenage driver traveling eastbound on Stanford Ranch Boulevard. The collision proved fatal, and Casey was pronounced dead at the scene, leaving behind a devastated family. The driver involved remained at the site and has not yet faced arrest or charges, while an ongoing investigation by the RPD seeks to shed light on the circumstances.
According to his aunt’s account on a GoFundMe page established to support the family, Casey was driving his children home after swim practice when they spotted a mother duck and her ducklings struggling to navigate the busy intersection. Displaying his selfless nature, Casey left the car to lend a hand in ensuring their safe journey. Tragically, as he was returning to his vehicle, he was struck by a car, marking the untimely end of a compassionate act. The GoFundMe campaign has garnered over $40,000 in donations as of Monday, reflecting the community’s support.
A young witness, a twelve-year-old boy interviewed by NBC affiliate KCRA-TV, shared that the people in the vicinity had applauded Casey for his kindness just moments before the accident occurred. The heartfelt appreciation for his actions underscores the impact of his selflessness on those around him.
In remembrance of Casey, a makeshift memorial adorned with flowers and rubber ducks was created at the scene on Friday, a touching tribute to his final act of kindness. Casey’s untimely departure from this world has left a void in the hearts of those he held dear. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Angel, whom he cherished as the true love of his life, along with their two wonderful children. In a testament to his unwavering commitment to family, Casey had recently embarked on a new journey, working at his children’s school, where he sought to make a positive impact on the lives of other young ones. Known to his aunt as an exceptionally kind and remarkable husband and father, Casey’s compassion radiated in every aspect of his existence, reaching its pinnacle in a final, tragic act of extraordinary kindness.