Truckee boy dies in go-cart accident
A 10-year-old Truckee boy died Saturday afternoon when he was ejected from an off-road go-cart that rolled down an embankment on a private dirt road in Verdi, according to California Highway Patrol reports.
Sam Brixey was a passenger in the go-cart when the teenage driver, whose identity has not been released, was traveling east on Lady Bug Peak Road. The go-cart, which was moving at an unknown speed, rolled down an embankment and ejected Brixey from the passenger seat at approximately 3:30 p.m., according to the CHP.
Brixey was taken by Care Flight to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where he was pronounced dead. The driver suffered no apparent injuries and was driven by a private vehicle to Washoe Medical Center for examination, according to CHP reports.
CHP Officer Steve Skeen said Brixey and the driver were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
The driver was wearing a seat belt, but it is still under investigation as to whether Brixey was wearing a seat belt, Skeen said.
Brixey’s sister, 17-year-old Whitney Brixey, said her home has been filled with family and people who knew her little brother. She said she and her brothers including Max, 15, and Michael, 12, and parents Mark and Jennifer have always been a tight-knit family.
“He was like my little baby, too,” she said.
Whitney said her brother was always hanging out with the older siblings and loved being outside. She described him as a happy-go-lucky boy with an outgoing personality and a sense of adventure.
“He’d always want to go fishing at night,” Whitney said.
Kathleen Gauthier, Glenshire Elementary School principal, knew Brixey as a student but was also a neighbor of his family for many years.
“We’re just all so heartbroken over here (at Glenshire Elementary School),” Gauthier said.
Brixey just finished fourth grade at Glenshire and had been a student there since kindergarten. Gauthier said Brixey was involved in school plays and sports, especially soccer.
“He was just such a nice, sweet, gentle boy. He was very well-rounded,” Gauthier said.
Beverlee Roberts, Brixey’s former teacher and family friend, said Brixey and her daughter were best friends.
“His contagious smile and energetic spirit was like a magnet to the kids,” Roberts wrote in an e-mail to the Sierra Sun. “My family and I love Sam, everything about Sam, and we will never be the same.”
On Wednesday at 4 p.m. Glenshire Elementary School will host Brixey’s family and friends to help set up for Thursday’s memorial service. School district counselors and teachers will be available to help people cope with Brixey’s death. She said mementos of Brixey from students will be used to create a memory book.
The memorial service for Brixey will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at the amphitheater at Truckee River Regional Park in Truckee.
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