Mother: ‘He had a way of touching everyone he met’
July 15, 2014
Seat belts save lives
While roughly 88 percent of people nationwide regularly wear seat belts, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates if that number rose to 90 percent, it would result in 1,600 fewer traffic fatalities and 22,000 fewer injuries. In Weld County, Aaron Gould is the 20th person to die on the roads this year. Of those fatalities, at least five were victims who did not wear their seat belt.
The family of a Windsor man who died Friday in an early morning traffic crash described him as an outgoing person who loved to stay active.
"He was the kindest soul, and he never met a stranger," his mother, Lori Gould, said Saturday by phone from the family's Windsor home. "His eyes and smile just sparkled. They were just contagious, and he had a way of touching everyone that he met."
Aaron Gould, 24, was driving a pickup south on Colo. 257 about 3 a.m. Friday morning. He lost control of the pickup near the intersection of Weld County Road 72. Police still are investigating the crash, however they believe he lost control of the vehicle and over-corrected when he became tired.
Gould was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled. He was pronounced dead at the scene about 3:15 a.m.
Ron Gould, Aaron's father, said he hopes others will learn from the tragedy.
"I would tell everybody to tell their kids to wear their seatbelt," he said.
Aaron was a graduate of Windsor High School, where he was on a diver on the swimming team and also was on the track team, his dad said. In May, he graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor's degree in sports and exercise science. At UNC, he played on an ultimate Frisbee team and was part of a recreational team in Fort Collins. He worked at O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1470 Main St. in Windsor, but was finishing his internship at Accelerated Sports Training in Greeley. His goal was to work as an athletic trainer for a professional or collegiate sports team.
"He's an outgoing kid," his dad said. "He was very active. He had something going every day."
The loss has been hard on the family, but they have lots of support, his dad said.
"Yesterday was a really tough day," he said. "It's going to get a little bit better until the actual funeral. We're just taking it day by day. We're surrounded by a lot of friends and family. Today is better than yesterday. But the toughest day is still coming."
He said they don't yet know when the funeral will take place.
Aaron's mother said she's heard form many people who knew her son.
"It amazes me, just how many friends have come forward and said when they needed someone Aaron was there," she said. "Aaron was always there for them."
Aaron's brother, Ryan, is scheduled to marry his fiancee July 26. Aaron was going to be the best man in the wedding.
"They loved each other very much," Lori said.
She said as boys, they were both active — and occasionally mischievous. But she said she always knew Aaron loved his family.
"Aaron enjoyed my husband an I, and we enjoyed him," she said. "We never had to beg him to spend time with us. He just enjoyed spending time with us. And we just enjoyed him immensely. He just made us laugh."