The Wheatland man who was killed in a Monday night crash was “a man of God” who was preparing to enter his first semester in college next week, his father said.
Robert Thomas Wilson, 18, was killed in the aftermath of a crash involving a big rig that was rear-ended by a car on northbound Highway 65 near Blue Oaks Boulevard in Placer County about 8 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
The car stopped in a lane, leading to a series of crashes of several other vehicles. One of those cars carried Wilson.
Wilson was in the back seat of a car that was hit twice, with one of the crashes occurring with great force into the rear of the vehicle. Wilson died from injuries suffered in the crash.
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The teen was traveling home with three friends from his church after a day spent at a mall and a Rocklin trampoline park, according to his father, Robert Wilson.
“They were slowing down for the accident and the guy behind him, I guess he was in a pickup truck, didn’t see them slowing down or couldn’t stop fast enough,” Wilson’s father said.
Wilson attended Wheatland Union High School, where he wrestled for the school’s team until his junior year, his father said. He had plans to attend his first college classes at Yuba College next week.
Robert Wilson said his son was interested in studying occupational therapy, though his life goal was to open a cat cafe.
“He was a very beautiful person,” Robert Wilson said.
Wilson grew up in Wheatland and was an active member of his church, Truth Tabernacle, in Marysville. Robert Wilson said the two were best friends, often texting each other throughout the day.
“They grow up so fast,” Robert Wilson said. “You’re wishing always at the end, when something like this happens, that you had spent more time with them.”
Wilson is survived by his father; his mother, Debi; and two older sisters. Robert Wilson said that other passengers in the vehicle, his son’s friends, were also injured from the crash.
The CHP said that injuries were suffered by drivers and passengers in nearly every vehicle involved.