Services will be held Monday for a Rio Rancho man killed in an auto accident at Cottonwood Mall on Nov. 30.
Timothey Zimmer would have turned 20 two days after Christmas.
He was a military policeman with the New Mexico National Guard; his grandmother, Barbara Wallace, is a member of the Patriot Guard and will be among the escorts following the services, which start at 10 a.m., at Sagebrush Church. Burial will be private.
Zimmer was killed when the car in which he was riding was turning into the Cottonwood Mall parking lot from Coors Bypass and was “T-boned.” Zimmer was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of that car, William Langella, 22, was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition, but later upgraded to satisfactory. The other car’s driver, Masoud Khorsand-Sahbaie, was transported and treated for neck pain.
There are no current charges, although the case will be sent to the District Attorney’s office for review.
His mother, Christine Gonzales, said her son had grown up on the West Side and the family lived in Texas from 2004-08. After moving back to New Mexico, Tim attended Volcano Vista High School, although she said he ultimately obtained his diploma online.
“He was very intelligent; he had a high IQ,” she said. “He decided it would be easier to get it online, then get a job.”
Zimmer worked for a while at R&S West Motor Sports on the West Side, she said, which seemed only natural: “He wasn’t into sports – he liked skateboarding, BMX, motorcycles.”
He is also survived by his father, Scott Zimmer; his stepfather, Joseph Gonzales; five sisters and one brother, and a stepmother.
“I’ll miss his spirit — you could spend five minutes with that child and fall in love with him,” Christine Gonzales said. “He was easy going ... he was just Timothey.”