THE widow of the hero dad who was killed while giving a helping hand to ducklings crossing a busy road has broken her silence after the tragedy.
Casey Rivara, 41, died at the scene of the tragedy in Rocklin, California.
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The dad was driving his two kids home and had parked his car at the side of the road to usher the mummy duck and her ducklings to safety on the other side of the road on Friday evening.
However, after herding them to safety – he was knocked down by a car and killed seconds later.
His helpless children, Sophia and James, aged 11 and six, watched on from the family car.
In a statement, his widow Angel Chow, said: “We have been deeply touched by the overwhelming love and support we’ve received for Casey Rivara and our family in these past few days.
“We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you for the kind messages and gestures of kindness.
“It’s truly humbling to hear how Casey has positively impacted your lives, and we’re extremely grateful for that.”
Ms Chow also urged family and friends to share “wonderful memories of Casey in a beautiful book, one that our children can turn to whenever they miss him.
“This book will serve as a lasting tribute to his life, showcasing the profound impact he had on those around him”.
In an introduction to the book, Mr Rivara is described as “the best husband, father, son and friend anyone could ever wish for”.
It goes on to urge friends and family to ‘help us remember Casey, with his kindness, big heart, and sense of humor”.
William Wimsatt, 12, witnessed Casey’s final moments.
He told 3KCRA: “He got out of the car and was shooing the ducks and everyone was clapping because he was being really nice.
“He helped them get up over the curb because all the little baby duckies were having trouble and then he walked in front of our car.
“My mom rolled down the window and said, ‘Good job, good job,’ and I said, ‘Good job’ to him too.
“Then right after that, the second after that…”
The youngster was left gasping for words as he recalled the horrifying sight of the man suddenly being hit by a car.
He said: “All I remember is the sound and then him flying across the intersection.
“His shoes and one of his socks were right in front of our car.”
Tragically, the man’s children also witnessed their dad in his final moments.
The person driving the vehicle was a teenager, it was reported.
The accident happened at a busy intersection, about 22 miles northeast of Sacramento on May 18.
A spokesman for Rocklin police said: “The Major Accident Investigation Team was activated and responded to the area.
“Emergency first responders arrived to assist, however, the man died at the scene.
“The driver remained at the scene of the collision.
“No arrest was made and the incident is still under investigation.
“We would like to extend our condolences to all involved in this tragic event.”
Other local witnesses created a temporary memorial at the site of the incident, with kids decorating it with rubber ducks in tribute to the dad.
A GoFundMe page has been created on Casey’s behalf by his aunt Tracey Rivara to raise money for his family.
Writing on the site, Ms Rivara said in tribute to her nephew: “Casey was the kindest, most amazing husband and father. Even his last act in this world was a sign of his compassion.”
She added: “The family is trying to figure out how to recover and keep going after this immense loss.”
His aunt wrote: “His family was Casey’s world, and to remain even closer to them he had recently started working at their children’s school.
“He loved working at the school as he was able to positively impact other children.”