SANTA CRUZ - Fun-loving, charismatic and a bit of a daredevil, Tim Sullivan lived without regrets, his siblings said.I had tried to hire his father, Matthew Sullivan, to do a custody evaluation in our court case. He is one of the more respected evaluators around.
Sullivan, a 20-year-old graduate of Gunn High School in Palo Alto and sophomore at UC Santa Cruz, was pronounced brain-dead Monday from injuries suffered in a skateboarding crash.
After a night out, Sullivan was rocketing down a steep hill on Monterey Avenue in Capitola without a helmet just before 3 a.m. Sunday when he fell. The back of his head smacked the ground, authorities said. A friend, who was riding a bike next to him, called 911, according to police.
My ex-wife had some sort of objection to him that I never understood. She seemed to be claiming that he had some sort of bias towards me because of some personal connection. But I've never met him, and I don't even know anyone who has ever met him. I could not even get him anyway. He seems to have quit doing evaluations, and prefers to being a court appointed parent coordinator (aka special master). That is where the court gets tired of hearing motions, and appoints someone to micro-manage the parents' lives.
Anyway, he and his family deserve our sympathies for this tragic event.
Our evaluation has now been done by someone else, and we are waiting for the report.
Update: I am also told that local psychologist Jay Muccilli has died. He was one of the 3 or 4 psychologists who did custody evaluations in Santa Cruz county, and he had been in poor health.