A memorial fund has been opened at a local bank in the wake of a roadside accident that took the life of a 13-year-old East Petaluma boy whose family has deep Novato roots.
As reported in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, friends and family are mourning the loss of Trevor Smith, who was crushed Friday when he fell between a pickup truck that had run out of gas and its trailer hauling a boat. A large group was heading to Lake Mendocino when the truck became stranded along Highway 101 in Ukiah, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Smith spent the early part of his life in Novato, where his mother, Pam Caralli Smith, had grown up. Caralli Smith, a Novato High School graduate from 1981, owns and cuts hair at the Loose Ends salon on Novato's Grant Avenue. Her husband, Joe Smith, is a longtime teacher in the Novato Unified School District; he taught at Lynwood Elementary last year and prior to that was a teacher at Lu Sutton for nearly 15 years.
A bake sale and lemonade stand were set up Sunday by friends of the Smith family, and more than $2,000 has been raised already for the Trevor Smith Memorial Fund at the Exchange Bank.
Checks made payable to the Trevor Smith Memorial Fund can also be mailed to:
701 Sonoma Mountain Parkway
Petaluma, CA 94954
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