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Remembering Nathan Strube

Neighbor who was with Nathan at time of fatal collision recaps the incident and shares memories of his late friend.

Jacob Azevedo enjoyed riding scooters, bicycles and longboards with his neighbor and childhood friend, Nathan Strube.

The two grew up together on Canton Avenue.

"He was a very nice kid who loved working on cars," Jacob said Wednesday at his home.

Jacob also described his friend as a talented wrestler at school and a very smart student.

Jacob's parents decided to keep him out of school a day after a .

Jacob, 12, was longboarding with Nathan that late afternoon and witnessed the fatal collision. His parents said the student has had a difficult time sleeping and woke up several times last night. Jacob will also receive counseling to help deal with the tragic loss of his friend.

"To witness something like that even as an adult is devastating," said Manuel Azevedo, Jacob's father. "I can only imagine (what he's going through)."

Jacob said the two were longboarding around town when Nathan decided to go down a hill on Kara Place.

"He went down the hill and turned left, and then I saw him fly back to the right," Jacob said. "I hoped it was somebody else, but it wasn't."

Jacob, who was at the top of the hill, got off his longboard, ran to help his friend and screamed for help.

"I saw stuff you don’t want to see," Jacob said. "I thought it was a dream. I thought it was just something in my mind because I never saw anyone get hit like that."

Meanwhile, the news of Nathan's passing has rocked the Livermore community. A memorial of signs, candles and flowers have been placed at a sidewalk near the collision site on Lomitas Avenue and Kara Place.

Superintendent Kelly Bowers provided the following statement:

It is with indescribable sadness that we have been informed of last evening's fatal accident involving one of our students, the child of one of our staff members. No words can express our sadness and grief at this tragic news. Our hearts go out to this young man's family, friends, and the entire school community. We are all understandably grieving. Our District has mobilized crisis support teams for both staff and students who are affected by this devastating loss. This is a somber reminder of just how precious life is and we take this time to ask for your continued assistance and commitment to keeping our young people safe and sound, in our schools as well as throughout our city.

Friends have shared their memories of Nathan in the comments section of our coverage and on our Facebook page:

Nate was the funniest kid ever, I moved to discovery bay last year, and in 6th grade i got to know nate really well, he was such a cool kid, R.I.P. Bud —

Nathan has been my next door neighbor my entire life. I am only a few months older than him, and have know him ever since he was born. My family is very close with his family. When we were little, we were practically siblings. He had many talents and was good a skateboarding and scootering. He was also very good at fixing cars. He was very kind and sweet to all the younger children on our block. A few ours ago, Nathan Strube was skateboarding and was hit by a truck. A while later, he passed away due to severe injuries from the accident. I will miss him terribly. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. —Zoey

Neighbors and family friends are working to raise funds to help Nathan's father, Sam Strube, finish a car project the two started earlier this year. We'll provide more details on the memorial and how residents can contribute soon so be sure to check Livermore Patch for more updates.

Share your memories of Nathan in the comments section below.

Jennifer Gonzalez May 09, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I can't help but cry as I read this. I can only pray for his mother and father and the rest of the Strube family. I've drivin past the memorial and it just makes me even more sad to think this could possibly happen again.. Please slow down on Lomitas. And kids please wear your protective gear when on your boards or your bikes.. Hold your kids extra tight tonight and love them.. God Bless Nathan!
Granada Mom May 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Nathan and his family have been in my prayers since the accident first happened yesterday. This is beyond anything any family should have to go through. I hope they realize that there was nothing they could have done to prevent this. They loved their child unconditionally and gave him the best life they could for the short time they had him. I wish you all strength for everything you will endure. RIP Nathan.
Star "Stella Baby" Rusca Woodbridge May 09, 2012 at 08:29 PM
My heart breaks for Nates family and friends. I lost a close friend in a car accident 2 days before my 14th birthday 24 years ago and the day still and always will haunt me. It changed my life and I feel for Jacob and Nates friends. My thoughts and prayers are being sent with tears and heartache. I will be taking my children to the site to place flowers and reflect on this young man. My son was hit by a car 2 years ago on his way home from Rancho and ill never forget that sheer panic. Thankfully he was fine but it was a reminder of the sanctity and fragility of life. Again, my deepest regards to the family. Livermore cries with you.
Margaret May 09, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Jacob, what a beautiful tribute to honor your friend. Our prayers are with you.
Katie R May 09, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Nathan has been in my math class all three years at Mendehall... He was a great guy, and always up to something in Mr. Baird's, Mrs. Camacho's, or Mr. Thomas's room :) Love you Nate!!! -Katie
Lauryn May 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I know Jacob and Nate. They were both very nice. I will miss him. He will not be forgotten but in our hearts
Debi May 09, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I know Jacob and Nate. They were both very nice. I will miss him. He will not be forgotten but in our hearts
Lexa C May 09, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Nate is in my Science class. It''s my class really hard. He will always be remember. He was loved by many students. Blue for Sturbe<\3
Heflin May 09, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Nathan was our cousin. We didn't get to see him enough because we live in another state. But the times we had with him, we will cherish forever! We love you Nate! Our hearts go out to our other cousin, Calvin (Nate's awesome brother), and Aunt Katie and Uncle Sam. You are in our prayers and our hearts! We will miss you so much Nate, but look forward to seeing you in heaven! We know you'll be driving the coolest car there! Love, hugs, and kisses, Isaac, Olivia, Maggie, and Katie
Heidi May 09, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I didn't know Nate that well. My son did. I remember him coming over to the house with Devin Parker to go scootering or skateboarding with them......this is such a horrible sad loss for his family and community and all friends who have met him and known him. May you rest in peace Nathan. To Nathans family, Im so very sorry this happened to you. May you find peace soon during this difficult time. Heidi Lovoi
Faith Vandegriff May 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Nathan was in my classes during elementary school and he was the nicest person. We will always remember you and have you in our hearts
Ernie May 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM
This is a pure tragedy for the Strube's Family, a life-altering trauma and loss for the Azevedo's, and likely just as traumatic for the people that were in the vehicle. Not to mention one of every parent's worst fears. When I think back to my youth in Castro Valley through the 70’s-80's such a thing was so uncommon. Today as a community, if we are to care, we must choose to become completely aware again. I believe kids and cars in recent years may have lost some of their awareness of each other, as they are not together on the road so frequently anymore. So many kids are at home or in doors these days, compared to when I was growing up and kids were out everywhere in the city, especially off school hours on foot, skateboard, and bicycles. Less exposure of kids and cars may be a real contributing factor as the resulting awareness lost at every level in every family changes. I feel it may take a very big push of awareness to change this back again.What must we do to make both Cars and Kids think of, and be looking for, each other on every street once again?
Jacob W May 10, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I know Jacob from PE and Nate from grade school, he was my good friend and it hurt me to see him after he was hit, it was scary to see him that way, but I hoped he'd be fine, but sadly not. RIP NATE!!!!! -Jacob
Girl May 10, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Nate was such a sweet guy <3 funny and outgoing <3 hes in a good place now , and probably riding a skateboard or scooter watching over all of us <33 Rest in paradise buddy <3
Thomas May 10, 2012 at 04:28 AM
This shouldn't of happend he was to young I knew Nate he was so cool I just keep saying to myself that it didn't happen Nate r.i.p miss you..
J. Sleeman May 10, 2012 at 05:30 AM
I'm an old friend of Nathan's mom, Katie. Katie and I grew up in a similarly fun and supportive neighborhood as Nathan's. There were lots of kids around and we were constantly outdoors. We rode bikes everywhere...to 7Eleven, the creek, to Herman jr high, and to see our other friends a few streets away. We loved being out and about. From hearing about Nathan, so did he. What a tragic and freak accident this is. My heart goes out to Katie, Sam and Cal. Tight Hugs, Jonell
Dell May 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Anytime when a young person is stricken down suddenly this is a very tragic event. The emotional impact of such an event to this family will never go away. With so many distractions in todays vehicles keeping ones eye on the road has become secondary thing to do, I am not saying the driver of the truck was not keeping his eye on the road. When a tragic situation like this occurs I ask myself could this have been avoided. When growing up I always heard the phrase "it is better to be safe than sorry!"
Erin Fullerton May 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
My heart goes out to Nathan's family and friends. What a tragedy and makes you realize how precious life is and how in a blink of an eye things can change drastically!!!!! Sending thoughts and prayers!!
Tamara Parker-Johnson May 10, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Nate was an amazing kid. So sweet and fun. He was my son's best friend and a great one at that. His family have always been good to us. They are good quality people. I will miss Nate a ton and I know my son Devin will never quite get over having his best friend taken from him. The first day back to school he got out of the car and said "who am I going to eat lunch with?" I feel so bad for the kids having to deal with this at such a young age, for his parents, Sam & Katie and for his brother, Calvin. Not to mention his friend who was there, Jakey. My heart is so heavy, I am practically in a frozen state. I hope that this at least will bond our community and remind everyone how precious life is. We love you Nate! You will never be forgotten, thanks for sharing your life with us. Tamara
Janet Niermeyer May 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I can't agree more with all beautiful words people have used to describe this wonderful kid and his family! Nate was a great kid and I loved how he had such a close relationship with Calvin, they truly seemed like buds. I can't imagine what this family is going through. I wish there was something I could do to help. Katie, Sam, Calvin and their entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Kiss and let the ones you love know how much they mean to you. God bless the Strube family. Janet Niermeyer
Karen Wolfe-Dodge May 10, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Janet, From one whos knows grief well, take a meal over in three to four months, six months, and eight months when others have moved on with their lives. Karen
max strube May 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Nathan is my cousin one of the most happiest funny people i new. we all miss you Nathan. I cry almost every day.
max strube May 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I couldn't help put see that you are Nate are cousins, i am to and he proboly will be driving the coolest car. Nate and I used to try and think of the most expensive cars when we were younger. x0x0 r.i.p.
Janet Niermeyer May 11, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Karen, thank you I will.
Emily Conway May 11, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Nate was an amazing, funny person that didn't deserve this. he enjoyed life too much to have it taken away from him. he will be forever in my heart as well as many others. I miss him and wish he was here today, but I'm sure he's in heaven longboarding, having a great time. rest in paradise Nathan. love you forever Nate! -Emily c
Lidia Phan May 12, 2012 at 03:14 PM
My daughter and I are very emotional deeply sadden by Nathan's death. He and my daughter are very good friend they walked to class together. My daughter will always remembered his last words what he had said to her. She described him as funny and a very good friend. I only seen him a few times while I was picking up my girls after school, Nathan would shouted out my daughter's name when he see our van passing by. My heart goes out to his family and may you rest in peace Nathan. Lidia Phan
Shawn Worth May 12, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I had the privilege of spending an entire school year (6 1/2 hours everyday) during his 4th grade year. He was part of a very special group of students that I call "my golden class". I will always remember his sense of humor and the good times that I shared with him and the rest of that class. Our trip to Malakoff Diggins' and our end of the year trip to the water slides at Shadow Cliffs were some of the highlights that we shared together. I am beyond devastated for his family and friends and all who loved him as I did. You will always be remembered by me, Nathan. You were one of "my kids" and I will miss you and think of you every time I think of my "golden class"...2007-2008 forever!
loretta May 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Our hearts go out to the family. My grandson went to school with him. God bless His loved ones. East ave. Barbershop
Brandi Palmer May 13, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Nice Mr. Worth
Ayrton victor May 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I met nate in pe at mendenhall. Me and him were good friends. The last time I saw him was last summer at the car show me and him hung out that hole but I didn't know that would the last time I would see him again :( RIp nate I will always remember u. Ayrton victor

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