Southard's home overlooks the 52 and that intersection where the crash happened.
Sky 10 flew overheard just a few minutes after the crash happened. Traffic backed up for miles as police took the next four hours investigating and clearing the intersection.
“The speed that he hit him it would have showed. He had to be going pretty quick. No question,” said Southard.
Police say the driver was going west on SR-52, when he came speeding down the Mast Boulevard off ramp, ran a red light and slammed into the semi.
Rickard’s father arrived at the scene around three and a half hours later. He was visibly heartbroken after police confirmed his 23-year-old son had died.
“He was very shaken up. And I'd probably would be too if I lost my child,” said Southard. He’s also a pastor for the Lakeside Community Church of Nazarene. “Loss is tough no matter what. A tragedy like that would be even more difficult.”
The driver of the truck immediately stopped and called 911. The driver of the SUV lived with his parents in their spring valley home.
The medical examiner has not yet determined if he was driving under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.