Kimberly Marie Hamilton was taken from this world on May 7, 2004, at the age of 16 by an earthmover. The vehicle she was riding in was being driven by her best friend, Becca. They were stopped at a construction zone and flagged through by a flagger who was not paying attention to her job. The earthmover ran over the vehicle, killing Kimberly. By a pure miracle, Becca survived. The girls were en route to purchase Mother's Day presents.
Kimberly is best known for her kindness, sense of humor, genuine heart, and loving nature. She would try and help any one she came in contact with, including purchasing hamburgers for the homeless and making sure the new kids at school were welcomed. Her family and friends were her priorities and she made each and everyone of them feel special. Kimberly has no doubt found a special place in heaven where she can watch out over each and every one.
Not a day will go by without Kimberly in my heart and thoughts. Until we meet again my sweet daughter.
Assemblyman Villines introduced a Bill into legislation here in California which has been signed and is now a Law! The interchange where Kimberly was killed will now be named after her!
BILL NUMBER: ACR 139 CHAPTERED 09/05/08
RESOLUTION CHAPTER 136
FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 5, 2008
ADOPTED IN SENATE AUGUST 19, 2008
ADOPTED IN ASSEMBLY JUNE 23, 2008
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Villines
MAY 8, 2008
Relative to the Kimberly Marie Hamilton Memorial Interchange.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
ACR 139, Villines. The Kimberly Marie Hamilton Memorial
This measure would designate the State Highway Route 180
interchange at Fowler Avenue in the City of Fresno as the Kimberly Marie Hamilton Memorial Interchange. The measure would also requestthat the Department of Transportation determine the cost for appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, erectthose signs.
WHEREAS, Kimberly Marie Hamilton was born on August 14, 1987, in Fresno, California; and
WHEREAS, Kimberly attended Clovis East High School in Fresno,California, and was an avid golfer and hockey fan; and
WHEREAS, Kimberly spoke often of becoming a teacher, and was loved and respected by family and friends; and
WHEREAS, On May 7, 2004, Kimberly was the victim of a car accident that occurred on Fowler Avenue near Belmont Avenue in the City of Fresno under tragic circumstances involving a construction vehicle; and
WHEREAS, Kimberly's death has affected and touched many people's lives, and has increased the call for better safety practices in and around roadway construction sites; and
WHEREAS, Kimberly continues to be remembered for her sense of humor, laughter, and smile, and is survived by her parents, two brothers, and one sister; and
WHEREAS, The Legislature hereby expresses its deepest sympathy to Kimberly's family, and wishes to designate a highway interchange located near the site of Kimberly's death as the Kimberly Marie Hamilton Memorial Interchange;
now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the State Highway Route 180 interchange at Fowler Avenue in the City of Fresno be designated as the Kimberly Marie Hamilton Memorial Interchange; and be it further Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested to determine the cost of appropriate signs, consistent with the signing requirements for the state highway system, showing that special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources sufficient to cover that cost, to erect those signs; and be it further Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the Department of Transportation and to the author for appropriate distribution.
Kimberly Marie Hamilton was born on August 14, 1987, in Fresno, CA. She was a junior at Clovis East High School with high hopes and big ambitions for the future. Kimberly's goal once she graduated high school was to continue her education and become a teacher.
An avid hockey fan, Kimberly would have never missed a Fresno Falcon's game unless she absolutely could not help it. Kimberly supported the Falcon's in anyway she could, including covering her bedroom walls with the pictures of the team players and newspaper articles. Kimberly was also a huge fan of the Detroit Red Wings, and would have wanted "Cujo" to know that last goal was not his fault. Kimberly talked non-stop about moving to Canada in order to be closer to the sport and players she loved so much.
Kimberly was also a huge fan of the Grizzlies, and was so excited that the season had just begun. As with everything else she loved so much, she put her heart into being at the games every chance she got.
Kimberly loved playing golf and was a member of the Clovis East Golf Team. She received her first set of golf clubs from her Grandpa Pack for her 15th birthday, practiced hard, and lettered in the sport the very first year of playing. She would have continued playing for the team in her senior year. She took pride in the game, her coach, teammates, and school.
Kimberly was an angel. She had a love of life and those in it. Although taken from this world at such a young age, she was able to make a permanent, loving impression on the lives of those people who had the opportunity to know her. She had a remarkable sense of humor, and her smile and laughter could brighten up the darkest of times. Kimberly's family and friends were her priorities, and she has no doubt found a special place in heaven where she can continue to be their angel and watch over them.
Kimberly is survived by her loving parents, Mary and Richard Sappington; her sister, Desiree Smithson; and two brothers, Ryan Border and Nathaniel Bennett. Kimberly also leaves behind her great-grandmother, Alma Westlund; grandparents, Noralee and David Pack, and Deborah and Greg Sappington; aunt and uncle, Lena and Shawn Sappington; niece and nephew, Kylee and Cody Sappington; and great-grandfather, Delbert Pack. Kimberly also leaves behind countless other family members and friends, whose names, although not listed here, are not forgotten. A Graveside Service will be held at Clovis District Cemetery on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to the Clovis East Golf Team, 4353 N. Leonard, Clovis, CA 93611. BOICE FUNERAL HOME308 Pollasky, Clovis 299-4372 Published in the Fresno Bee on May 11, 2004
In loving memory of our Angel Kimberly Marie Hamilton