Unbeknownst to father and son, it would be the last time they would speak, as Mitchell-Goulette was killed in a single-vehicle accident on southbound Vasco Road shortly before 9 p.m. that night. There were no witnesses to the accident, which occurred two miles north of the Alameda County line, but the 17-year-old apparently lost control of his 1972 Chevrolet pickup truck as it went up an embankment, overturned on its roof and came back down 150 feet away into the fast lane, California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Yox said.
He was wearing a seatbelt and the cause of the accident will be determined by a toxicology report and vehicle inspection, Yox said, adding that the roads were slick from rain that night.
A Contra Costa County coroner's deputy said the teen's death was due to a blunt force head injury.
Born July 22, 1989 in Framingham, Mass., Mitchell-Goulette had previously lived in Ottawa, Canada and Hudson, Mass. before his family settled in Pleasanton 11 years ago. He enjoyed radio-controlled cars, music, snowboarding, movies, reading, animals, camping and fishing.
He and his father, Joseph Goulette, a general contractor, were planning a camping trip at Tuolumne River near Yosemite this weekend. They often took camping and fishing trips together, his father said. They had also worked together on a construction job in Fremont during the summer.
After some rough times, the 17-year-old had recently moved back home with hopes to enroll in classes at Las Positas College. His life was taking a positive turn, and he was enjoying time spent with his family, Goulette said. He was very mechanically minded and strong willed, his father said, and dreamed of opening his own mechanics garage. He was bright and received excellent grades in school, even passing a high school equivalency exam a year early at Village High School in 2006.
The community has been very generous, with friends and co-workers providing the family with meals and condolences, Goulette said. Friends at Barone's Restaurant, 475 St. John St., have offered to hold a memorial service there for friends and family at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Mitchell-Goulette is survived by his loving parents Joseph Goulette and Morgan Mitchen of Pleasanton; brother Ross Mitchell-Goulette, 14, of Pleasanton; grandparents Ann and Joel Sugdinis of Cape Cod, Mass., Floyd and Judy Mitchell of Homosassa, Fla., and Margaret Goulette of Guilford, Maine; many aunts, uncles and cousins in New England.
The family requests no flowers and has set up a memorial fund through First Republic Bank (formerly Bank of Walnut Creek) on Main Street.
"He was very charming and witty," Goulette said. "He will be terribly, terribly missed and was loved very much by his parents."