I woke up this morning to a text from my friend Kris Noceda, the editor of Livermore Patch.
17 yr old died last night in a crash. probably local student. if u hear anything let me know. sad news. be safe this holiday weekend
He was speeding down Murrieta at about 11, came to the T intersection at Portola where you’re forced to turn left or right, and he didn’t turn. Police said alcohol may have been involved.
I knew that there was a party last night, and I knew people were trying to find safe rides. I texted my friends to see if anyone drove themselves home. Turns out that David Goddard, a senior at Livermore, showed up to the party at 10:30. A few minutes later, he tried to leave. People tried taking his keys from him, but he got away.
I hope this is a reminder to everyone: have a safe and sober ride secured before you drink. It’s terrible that it takes something as tragic as this to make people realize that no one’s invincible. I had taken pride before in the fact that the older students in our city were responsible, stopping people from driving, taking keys if necessary, and designating sober drivers before a night of drinking even started. But this shows that we’re not doing enough.
The most inspiring thing in all of this has been the outpouring of facebook statuses remembering David. Nearly every person that’s offered their condolences has also said that if anyone ever needed a safe ride home, all they have to do is call. And it’s true, we’re a fairly small city, and people are caring enough to drop what they’re doing and help someone in need, especially if it could save a life.
And if none of your friends are able to give you a ride, there’s a great nonprofit organization called Tri-Valley Safe Rides, composed mostly of student volunteers that give rides every Friday and Saturday night from 9:30 til 1:30. Safe Rides’ hotline is (925) 416-6810.
Rest in Peace David, my prayers go out to you and my condolences to your family. I hope that your passing inspires everyone in Livermore to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.
Full news report from Livermore Patch here.