Flowers and a hat were placed on the tree on Lakehills Drive where El Dorado Hills resident Chad Bockmann died on Sept. 25. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

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Crash victim an ‘amazing person’

By From page A1 | October 11, 2017

The El Dorado Hills community is mourning the loss of Chad Bockmann, 25, who died last month in a solo vehicle wreck.

At approximately 6:35 p.m. on Sept. 25 Bockmann, driving a 1990 Ford F150, collided with two trees on Lakehills Drive in El Dorado Hills, according to the California Highway Patrol report.

“He was on his way home from work to have dinner with his mother and me,” his father, James Bockmann, wrote on the Nextdoor site.

Described as “kind, hard working and always watching out for his friends,” Chad was a former football player for Oak Ridge High School and “a friend anyone would love to have,” wrote former classmate Allie Woods in a letter to Village Life. “Chad was unbelievably sweet to everyone he met and the world lost an amazing person. Chad worked long hours doing construction. He did off-roading for fun and loved the Rubicon. He was an awesome brother to his brother and sister.”

A witness stated that Chad was driving north on Lakehills Drive at a high rate of speed when his vehicle started to drift over the double yellow lines, the CHP report states. “Bockmann allowed his vehicle to continue to drift across the southbound lane and onto the shoulder, where it struck a tree with the front of the vehicle … and struck another tree with the right side of the vehicle.”

He was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt and suffered fatal blunt force trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

CHP is currently investigating the cause of the crash.

Within hours, mourners placed flowers and Chad’s ball cap on the tree, which was later removed  because it was cracked and posed a safety hazard, according to El Dorado Hills Community Services District park maintenance lead worker Terry Halvorson. “I instructed the tree removal company to leave the stump at a high level so that it may continue to be used as a memorial,” Halvorson said.

“Chad’s mother and I would like to thank all our neighbors for your kindness and condolences,” James wrote. “There have been so many kind things spoken about our Chad. It really makes us feel overwhelmed and loved.”

Julie Samrick

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