Community mourns child's death

Driver, 84, could face vehicular manslaughter
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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Family and friends celebrated 7-year-old Carter Mecier’s short life Sunday at a Memorial in El Dorado Hills. Mecier was killed June 23 after being struck by a vehicle in an El Dorado Hills apartment complex. “Words cannot express the sadness we feel for your loss,” wrote the Chwierut family on a website set up by the family. “We love you guys and are asking God to cover you with His peace.” According to Officer Phillip McCain, of the Placerville office of the California Highway Patrol, the young victim darted out in front of an oncoming Chevy Trailblazer, driven by Robert Gwilliam, just after 11 a.m. “An 84-year-old male was driving through the complex on Valley View going about 10 to 15 miles per hour at the most when the 7-year-old came darting out from a walkway area,” McCain said. “He was headed to a park where they were having a kids’ event.” Carter, who was born in Placerville Nov. 4, 2002, was raised in El Dorado Hills. He attended Silva Valley Elementary School and would have been entering the second grade this year. By noon Sunday there were more than 130 posts on the site dedicated to Carter’s memory. “Our thoughts are with you,” wrote the Shannon family. “My son Jack was fortunate to have Carter as a classmate and as a teammate in soccer. Carter was a pleasure to coach. Our prayers are with you.” Witnesses at the scene reported to officials that the driver was going between 5 and 15 mph. Carter was transported to Mercy Folsom where he died as a result of his injuries. “This is your text book true accident,” McCain said. Gwilliam, who was not arrested, could face charges of vehicular manslaughter, McCain said. Carter is survived by his father, Brandon Mecier, his mother Emmy Mecier, brother Mason Mecier, 14, and stepsiblings Daren Rowinski, 15, and Sammy Rowinski, 13, and stepmother Alisha Mecier. Penne Usher can be reached at