Burney mourns 11-year-old hit by truck
BURNEY, Calif. - The community of Burney is mourning the death of 11-year-old Gage Sealander.
Sealander was killed after skateboarding into the path of a big rig Thursday around 6:30 p.m. in the crosswalk at Main and Marquette, according to the CHP.
"I was devastated the whole town is, we're just devastated by the loss of the little guy," said Lisa Marie Meyers.
"I'm heartfelt for them because I lost my child to a car accident 28 years ago and a lot of us have and know all too well what they're going through," said Meyers. "When that happens to you, you never get over that."
Meyers described Gage as outgoing and kindhearted. She said Gage always had a smile on his face.
"He would open a door for you, if somebody needed a door open, he would open it," said Meyers.
And while offices have not said if the truck, or its speed, were in any way at fault, Meyers said something needs to be done at the intersection of Main and Marquette.
"They speed through here a lot as a matter of fact, I've almost gotten hurt here myself," Meyers said. "I know the little boy is in heaven because he's a sweet little soul and I'll miss his little smile."
The family said they appreciate the community's support and a memorial fund has been set up in Gage's name at the Tri-Counties Bank in Burney.