Austin Lobato | Austin Lobato and Ashlyn Lobato | Source: facebook.com/jenni.lobato
When a boy left the house to hang out with his friends, he told his parents on the phone that he would be home soon. Some time later, his mother ran out after hearing sirens in the neighborhood and instantly knew something was wrong. What she saw next was incredibly heartbreaking.
Austin Lobato lived with his parents, Jenni and Chad Lobato, and his younger sister, Ashlyn, in Arvada, Colorado. He was a fun-loving boy who could brighten up any room he walked into. Certainly, there was never a dull day around him, and everyone enjoyed being in his company.
The young man loved his family and friends and enjoyed embarking on exciting adventures and doing back flips on the trampoline. Austin had kind eyes and always wore a pleasant, innocent smile. He was warm and soft-spoken, and his calm demeanor helped create a calm atmosphere among his energetic classmates.
A lovely son and an older brother
The boy from Colorado loved pizza and playing Fortnite. Austin was the eldest and only son of the Cubs and a wonderful older brother to Ashlyn. Around sundown on Saturday, September 17, 2022, Austin’s family said he went out to dinner with his friends not far from his home.
A worried Jenni ran outside and witnessed a harrowing scene.
the last conversation
Austin’s father, Chad, said he and his wife knew their son was riding his electric scooter two blocks back home around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The young man’s parents revealed that they told his son to call them on his way back. The last they heard of his son, he said:
“Mom, dad, I’m leaving. I’ll be home soon.”
But the Lobato couple did not know how their happiness would be overshadowed by a heartbreaking tragedy that would turn their lives upside down. What Chad and Jenni experienced was nothing short of any parent’s worst nightmare.
a heartbreaking tragedy
After talking to their son on the phone, the Cubs were waiting for him to come home when something unexpected happened. Chad remembered his wife hearing sirens, which was highly unlikely in his neighborhood.
A worried Jenni ran outside and witnessed a harrowing scene. Austin’s father explained how devastated Jenni was when he saw the paramedics perform CPR on her sweet boy, load him into the ambulance and take him to the hospital.
According to the police, The 10-year-old boy was run over while crossing the street. at a crosswalk near W. 93rd Drive and Candelas Parkway.
gone too soon
Sadly, young Austin succumbed to his injuries and He passed away on the morning of Sunday, September 18, leaving loved ones broken forever. As police investigate the crash, neighbors and loved ones have raised questions about the safety of the busy intersection.
Arvada police visited the crash site on Monday, September 19, and said the driver whose car collided with Austin’s scooter was not injured and is cooperating with detectives.
The case is part of an ongoing investigation, and officials have yet to determine the exact cause of the crash.
a dangerous intersection
Several members of the community considered the area to be a dangerous intersection. Eric Brickle, who had been cycling the streets for over a decade, said:
“It’s just, it’s fast. And it’s the only place I’m really careful with my bike.”
loved by all
Austin was a student at Three Creeks Elementary School. Director Megan Madsen described it as a “beloved student and friend” who had been a part of the school since kindergarten. She also said:
“Austin was [well-liked] by his colleagues and all our staff. This tragedy has shaken our Three Creeks community and we know this loss is deeply impacting many students and families.”
An unimaginable tragedy
After the heartbreaking tragedy, people have begun to leave flowers, heartwarming notes and stuffed toys in the median in loving memory of Austin.
Diana Merrin-Goetz said she witnessed the aftermath of the crash and saw only a car and debris. Later, she found out how fatal the crash was and expressed:
“I can’t even imagine it. My heart goes out to those parents.”
People leave flowers, stuffed toys and heartwarming notes for Austin in the median. | Source: YouTube.com/Denver 7 — The Denver Channel
Michele Hackbarth, who learned of the accident from the late boy’s classmate, shared her thoughts on the heartbreaking incident and how it affected her younger sister:
“This girl was 6 years old. [She] He was very aware of what was going on. I had a lot of emotion and it’s very sad. He touched her so much for being so young.”
Chad Lobato breaks down when talking about his son. | Source: YouTube.com/Denver 7 — The Denver Channel
the anguished father
Losing their sweet son, who loved soccer and took care of his little sister, has devastated the Cubs. A teary-eyed Chad expressed:
“There was a post I saw this morning that said, ‘We need to work on the crosswalk and get more awareness and lights.’ and they wanted [to start] a hashtag ‘Austin Lights’. As much as I don’t want my son to be a hashtag, there has to be [no other parents] who has to go through this, please.”
Supporting the Family
The extended Austin family created a GoFundMe fundraiser to cover funeral and memorial expenses and create a scholarship fund in their name.
As of September 21, more than $69,000 have been raised of the $100,000 goal, and more donations keep coming.
Randi Rae Clark wrote in a Facebook post: “If you are not in a place to give right now, I ask you [to] observe a moment of silence for La Familia Lobato. Maintain this family and several [others] Close to your heart.”
A message from a devastated father
The Lobato family thanked everyone for their support and love in their time of grief and loss. A distraught Chad also urged community members to do one thing:
“They need to hug their loved ones, they need to say ‘I love you.’ You never know when the last one is the last one.”
Our hearts go out to the bereaved family and loved ones of the young man. Fly high in the skies, little angel. You will always be loved by your parents and your little sister.