ROSEVILLE — A 22-year-old Rocklin man died early Sunday morning after crashing into a sign displaying the names of stores in a Roseville shopping plaza, officials said.
Placer County Sheriff’s Department officials identified the man as Ron Noah Gacad Rapatalo, who has relatives in Antelope.
Roseville Police Officer Jerry Wernli said officers got a call at 4:15 a.m. about a rolled-over Honda sedan at Stanford Ranch Road and Fairway Drive.
Rapatalo had apparently been going south on Stanford Ranch Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his car and hit the sign, Wernli said. Rapatalo was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which is still under investigation.
imaami at 8:20 AM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
I really don’t think a lot of the youth in our community listen to the news or even read about it. Another young adult looses out on his future. Sad
naners at 11:11 AM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
It’s a shame that someone as young as I am had to have their life end so suddenly. I drive through that intersection every morning. I see people speed and run red lights almost all the time through there like it’s no big deal. People need to slow down and be more patient and these things wouldn’t happen to the ones we love.
meghanwood at 11:43 AM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
He will be missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lollipopoo at 12:02 PM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
I e-mail these kind of stories to my child, who is 16 and learning to drive.
Bounce847 at 2:33 PM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
Thank God he didn’t take anyone else with him!
rinoanigga at 4:52 PM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
ron will allways be with us…he’s r favorite ninja turtle…REST IN PARADISE RON we’ll miss u 4ever… F.O.E
AJ1960 at 8:17 PM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
I saw them hauling the car away…
Sad story, but I’d like to know the rest of the story…was he drunk or under the influence of drugs? While it may be true he was driving over the speed limit (and I do not adovocate driving in excess of posted speed limits), the crash area is not a particularly dangerous place to drive that fast, in other words there had to be some other factor other than speed for the crash. Speed by itself does not kill.
sklusman at 9:13 PM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
This news is very shocking and sad. I went to high school with ron and he was one of the nicest person i have ever met. He will surely be missed and my prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP Ron
carmen1128 at 9:34 PM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
You will be missed by all…
Ron..you will be missed very much. My thoughts, love and prayers go out to the family, friends and his girlfriend. Rest in peace…
Mych at 9:50 PM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
Damn, this is still so hard to believe!
Melisseeee711 at 10:20 PM PST Monday, January 29, 2007 wrote:
We are all in a state of shock and disbelief over the lose of a great person…Ron you were like family to us!!!…we will truly miss your easy going personality and your contagious smile! Rest in Peace. We Love You. Our Love goes out to all family and friends!!!
asnpear2u at 12:10 AM PST Tuesday, January 30, 2007 wrote:
I knew Ron a few years ago. And from what I know of him, he is very nice and funny. I’m in shock and can’t believe what has happened. My prayers are with you Ron, and to your family and friends. RIP Ron.
knina01 at 12:33 AM PST Tuesday, January 30, 2007 wrote:
We Love you Ron, work will never be the same! R.I.P.
insanetiger247 at 12:34 AM PST Tuesday, January 30, 2007 wrote:
im going to miss you
…it is still had to believe that you are gone now ron! you were such a character. im gunna miss you so much! watch out for us. we all miss you ron!. hold down heaven for us and we’ll hold down the fort for you. till we meet again. love yah ron!
corrinnecarrabello at 11:57 AM PST Tuesday, January 30, 2007 wrote:
Oh Ron you were such a wonderful person you always made me laugh….RIP and make sure you keep an eye on us down here…
jmflores at 12:46 PM PST Tuesday, January 30, 2007 wrote:
words will never say how much we miss you
they say everything happens for a reason…i haven’t found the reason for this yet. the family isn’t the same without you but i know that u’ll always be with us. until we meet again.
ronnoah at 1:38 PM PST Tuesday, January 30, 2007 wrote:
To my best friend/ brother…………
damn homie i know for a fact that it was not your time to go……..But, you know they always say the great one’s die early. And you were the greatest friend anyone could ever ask for. Im just glad that I got to have someone like you in my life. Damn bro we were suppose to go through the whole CHP thing together, and make hella money and get a house in roseville right next to each other………………….I miss you so much, one day well kick it again and laugh about all the stupied shit we use to do together. Until then look down on all of us and smile and watch over everyone…….Until next time homie!!!!!!
sarahace at 5:12 PM PST Tuesday, January 30, 2007 wrote:
You are missed by so many people. You were one the greatest people I ‘ve ever met. The world lost something special.
bikergirl07 at 12:03 PM PST Wednesday, January 31, 2007 wrote:
We will miss you Ron! It made our day to see your smiling face everyday @ the gym. Your family and loved ones are in our prayers. God Bless you sweetie!
ckeith at 4:04 PM PST Wednesday, January 31, 2007 wrote:
This man seemed so nice. He worked at the gym I go to and was one of the only people who worked there that seemed genuine. I didn’t know him very well, but he was always very friendly and polite. I’ll miss seeing him there. I hope his family is doing allright.
chikidee at 12:46 AM PST Thursday, February 1, 2007 wrote:
I didn’t know Ron very well, but used to work at Macy’s while he was there.. What I saw of him let me know he was a really nice, friendly guy and I’m so sorry to hear this news. My heart goes out to you, Vanessa. I’ll be praying for you. -Veronica
mtomas24 at 9:57 PM PST Thursday, February 1, 2007 wrote:
Nothing but smiles….
Every morning when I would check in at the gym you always would greet me with a smile and “Have a Great workout.” That will truly be missed. I just hope that you know how many people love you and are going to miss you. It is a shame that it had to happen to someone that was so nice, loving and funny. Rest in Peace
kendralcooper at 11:17 PM PST Thursday, February 1, 2007 wrote:
I’ll miss you 🙂
I’ll never forget the day I met you…you wouldn’t stop making me laugh. You made fun of me for being in a jump rope club as a kid 🙂 We were laughing so hard. And you would always put up the brown balloons, over all the colors of the rainbow. I guess I never got it till now. You were such a beautiful person. The most down to earth, positive, caring, loving person ever. I will miss you. And every morning member at the gym has missed you more than you could ever imagine… tearing up when they heard that was you. I feel blessed that I got to know you!