RENO, Nev. (Mynews4.com & KRNV)- "He loved football," said Dan Ridolfi. Dan says his son Dylan Ridolfi, 15, had a bright future ahead of him. Dylan stood 6 feet 2' inches tall and weighed 240 pounds but his dad says he was a big kid at heart. "Dylan was one of those people that got along with everybody," said Dan.
Dylan was an offensive lineman on the undefeated Oakridge High School football team in El Dorado Hills, California. Dan says Dylan wanted to come back to Reno where he was born. "His dream was to go to Nevada someday and go to Engineering school and play for the Wolf Pack," said Dan.
But the light on Dylan's future has gone out. He died after hitting a tree at Sheep's Flat, a popular sledding hill near the summit at Mt. Rose. Dan says they ended up at that location because they were trying to be safe. "We actually picked a spot in the sun so it was less icy. we thought it'd be safer," said Dan.
Dylan was the first to go down. "He immediately started gaining speed and going extremely fast. Unfortunately that was it." Dan says Dylan veered off course and hit a tree. "We knew something was wrong. We didn't think he would pass away."
First responders started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Sadly, Dylan died on the mountain.
Friends and family say Dylan will be remembered as a big kid with a huge heart. "That's how we'll all remember him," said Dan.
A fund is being set up for Dylan and memorial services are being planned.