A 21-year-old Kelso man died Sunday morning after he was struck by a vehicle on Highway 30 near Veterans Way, according to Rainier Police.
Authorities did not release the man’s name, but The Daily News has determined that it is Ricardo Jesus A. Boyer.
The driver of the car was cooperative with officers and did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to police.
Boyer grew up in the Kelso-Longview area and had attended both Kelso and R.A. Long high schools, his mother, Cynthia Boyer, said in a phone interview Thursday morning.
He had a passion for rock hounding, the outdoors and his 5-year-old son, Treycen Savelli-Boyer.
Her son was not currently employed but had worked previously at the Seventh Avenue Walmart and at Tapani Underground, a contracting firm, with his father, Rogelio Lemus, Cynthia Boyer said.
“He just wanted to be with his dog and family and hunting agates,” she said.
“He didn’t like school. We offered to pay for college. He was a super-smart kid, but he did not believe in formal education,” and her son tried many different sports, including soccer and bodybuilding and once ran a marathon with her, Boyer said.
“He did not like to be tied down. ... He always waned to move on to the next thing. Nothing really stuck with him.”
Her son did care about people, Boyer said.
“He always wanted to make people laugh, and he never talked behind people’s back. People who were with him never felt like they were judged and felt important. ... Ricardo was a people person. There are hardly any pictures of him by himself. He was always with someone trying to brighten their days.”
She said her son died at 4:55 a.m. the morning of the accident. He’d been at a party in Rainier, but she declined to speak about the accident pending completion of the police investigation.
In addition to this parents and his son, Boyer is survived by a brother, Adrian Lemus, and siblings in Mexico.
A celebration of life service will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 20 at the Longview Eagles, 1526 12th Ave. A GoFundMe Account has been set up to pay for cremation and other expenses, and any remaining funds will go to create a college fund for Treycen, Boyer said.