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Bicyclist killed in downtown car accident was starting a new life

Trevor Caine Micarelli
Trevor Caine Micarelli Courtesy of Bandie Marie Avila

The bicyclist who died after he was hit by a car in downtown Sacramento last month had recently moved to the city to live with his younger sister and overcome his addiction to drugs, his mother said.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified Trevor Caine Micarelli, 28, as the bicyclist who was hit by a car July 19 as he was southbound on 10th Street. The Sacramento Police activity log reported that a vehicle, which was also traveling in the same direction, turned east onto H Street and struck Micarelli.

Bandie Marie Avila, Micarelli’s mother, said her son was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. He died from injuries sustained to his head four days later, she said.

Originally from Fresno, Micarelli was described as a loving brother to his sister, who was 10 years younger. Growing up, he was “annoyingly smart” and a devoted water polo player, competing in the sport throughout middle school and high school, Avila said.

“If you’re not the best, you don’t play,” Avila said. “But he was just a natural.”

After finishing high school, Micarelli stayed in Fresno and enrolled at Fresno State University to study biology. Avila said her son turned in his Speedo for a bicycle once he entered college, participating in the local bicycle polo scene in the area instead.

Micarelli was first hit by a car at age 23 and Avila discovered her son was using heroin, she said. Though Micarelli’s injuries were not life-threatening, he needed hospital care.

“He said, ‘Mom … they can’t give me certain things because I’m addicted to heroin,” Avila said.

Micarelli’s efforts to become sober continued throughout the next several years and eventually landed him on the streets, Avila said. Despite his personal struggles, friends and family still recognized the lighthearted and humble person that Micarelli was, she added.

“Even when he was going through that, Trev was always Trev,” Avila said about her son.

A turn in Micarelli’s life came last Christmas Eve when his sister, who had moved to Sacramento four years earlier with her mother, urged Micarelli to live with her and get sober. Though Avila moved back to Fresno about a year ago after securing a better job, her daughter, Breanna Marie Avila, remained in Sacramento to continue her education.

Three weeks after making the move, Micarelli was working two jobs and was no longer on drugs, Avila said.

“She saved him,” Avila said. “She was 10 years younger and she saved her brother.”

Micarelli had connected with bicycle polo teams in Sacramento and Davis and was heading out to meet with other players the day of the accident, Avila said. After four days in the neurological intensive care unit at UC Davis Medical Hospital, where Micarelli was treated for numerous injuries, included swelling and bleeding in the brain, she decided to take him off life support, Avila said.

Avila said she hoped her son’s death would help remind other bicyclists to wear a helmet. Even more, she said her son’s passing served as a reminder of how people “can be gone in a minute.”

“Be aware of others, not just on the road,” Avila said. “Just be present and embrace each other’s differences.”

A celebration of Micarelli’s life is scheduled Sunday at Cary Park in Fresno.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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