A Los Gatos family is mourning the death of their patriarch just two-and-a-half years after they had to bury their son and brother.
The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department reports that Tim Halpin, 52, died in the early morning hours of July 3, the result of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident. Halpin was riding home from a Fourth of July party when he somehow veered off the road and smashed into an embankment after striking the curb.
Halpin’s son Mikey, a star high school football player, died from an undetected heart condition in 2008 when he collapsed on the Los Gatos High Shcool campus. Following his tragic death, Halpin became committed to educating teens about heart disease.
“The only thing that’s keeping me together is that I know my dad’s with my brother now,” Halpin’s daughter Rose Telles told the San Jose Mercury News. “We were kind of finally…trying to be happy again, finally trying to move on a little bit.”
According to Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police Sgt. Kerry Harris, the evidence shows that Halpin missed a slight curve on Blossom Hill Road a mere few hundred feet from his Ohlone Court home. An officer came upon the crash site and found Halpin lying on the embankment at around 2:30 a.m. At that time, he was conscious and talking with the officer before being transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
It was there that the unthinkable happened and the Halpins tragically lost another family member. Tim Halpin died of internal injuries at about 7 a.m.
Harris says the cause of the crash remains under investigation, but the officer who found Halpin detected a faint smell of alcohol on his breath. A blood sample was taken at the hospital and it will take weeks for blood-alcohol test results to come back to determine whether Halpin was over the legal limit of .08.
“It really his shocking,” Harris, who knows the family, told the Mercury News. “It’s a sad reminder of how fragile life is.”
Back in December of 2008, Halpin and his wife Sherri attended the championship game in which their son would have played. The team won and Halpin took home the game ball.
“They had to play this game because Mike was going to be here looking down on them,” he’d said at the time. “It’s a terrible tragedy. Nobody should ever have to bury their children.”
"He's been like a father to so many people at (Los Gatos) High School that were grieving for Mikey,” Telles continued. "He's such a great man; he was like a best friend. He would just give the shirt off his back to anybody. He was always friendly, everywhere he'd go, he'd make friends and meet people and tell people, get your kids tested for heart problems."
Sadly, his family is now left to dealing with another tragic loss.
HALPIN, Tim (Timothy Robert Halprin)
Born: 3/28/1952, San Jose, California, U.S.A.
Died: 7/3/2011, Los Gatos, California, U.S.A.
Tim Halpin's westerns - actor:
Coyote and the Ten Gallon Hat - 2007
The Price - 2011 (guard)