Tragety at Ocotillo Wells this weekend
Posted November 13, 2001 - 06:40 AM
Boy dies after dirt-bike collision
Accident - His father, riding a motorcycle up the opposite side of a sand dune, strikes the Aliso Viejo teen, who dies after surgery
A 14-year-old Aliso Viejo boy was killed in an off-road motorcycle accident Sunday morning when he collided head-on with a motorcycle driven by his father just out-side Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County.
Jesse Davis, an eighth grader at Don Juan Avila Middle School and avid motorcyclist, later died at a hospital after surgery.
?They weren?t able to see each other because they approached the same hill from different directions,? said Jose Rocha, a
dispatcher with the California Highway Patrol in San Diego.
The accident occurred at 10:30 a.m. at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, a massive desert park with sand dunes about 100 miles northeast of San Diego.
The boy?s father, Steven Gonzalez, 40, of Aliso Viejo was riding a Yamaha YZ 125 at 40 mph up a dune, while his son, also on a motorcycle, approached the same hill from the opposite direction at about 20 mph, the dispatcher said.
The father jumped his bike at the top of the hill and crashed into his son?s upper body as he reached the top of the sand dune, Rocha said.
The boy was knocked unconscious; he was flown to Palomar Medical Center. He died after undergoing emergency surgery, said Tamara Hemmerly, a hospital spokeswoman.
Gonzalez was treated at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Brawley. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there are more serious injuries and fatalities involving off-road motorbikes than in more common sports, but there are no statistics on dirtbike accidents and fatalities.
Neighbors on Sunday night recalled the love of motorcycles shared by father and son. The pair often rode together in front of their house on Plateau Street.
?That?s all he wanted to talk about,? said friend Katie Graves, 13. "He did dirt biking and won trophies.? The girl said she last saw Jesse on Friday night. He was excited about the weekend family camping trip.
She said Jesse enjoyed making milkshakes, listening to punk and rock music, and riding his skateboard. ?He was really sweet? she said. ?He liked to show everyone his bikes and his room.?
Katie?s mother, Jennifer Graves, said Jesse had a happy disposition and lots of friends. ?He was always very nice to Katie,? Graves said. ?They talked on the phone almost every day.?
Posted November 13, 2001 - 06:44 AM
So much for copy-paste.
Anyway, imagine how the father feels. Wow.
Posted November 13, 2001 - 07:12 AM
We're planning a weekend trip to Ocotillo 11/30-12/2 if interested. I think it's going to be me and my friend Travis from the Jetting party and Kirk and some of his friends are going to be out there also. Keep it in mind if you want to go out for the weekend.
[ November 13, 2001: Message edited by: sirhk ]
Posted November 13, 2001 - 08:36 AM
Way back when I was in junior high a kid was killed while riding on an 'illegal' track. He was going the 'wrong way' and took a rear tire to the chin bar on his helmet. Tragedies will never cease but we sure as hell need to do our best to protect ourselves, others and the sport we all love.
Posted November 13, 2001 - 09:47 AM
Another tragedy occurred Saturday at Perris Raceway. The track builder's son died there. Read all about it at ProRide.com. This one is reminiscent of another tragedy at LACR, where the owner's son died due to a crash on the track, in his dad's presence.
Posted November 13, 2001 - 12:47 PM
The incident at Perris was also unfortunate. The info I heard was that the rider did not take a slow lap and a track change he was not aware of (if that is what really happened) cost him his life.
My heart and thoughts go out to both families. We sometimes take life for granted and forget how fragile life can be.
Posted November 13, 2001 - 03:32 PM
What I can't figure is how does the Consumer Product Safety Commission know that there are more serious injuries from offroad dirtbikes than other "more common sports" if there are no statistics?
Keep your eyes open. Bureaucrats are willing to abridge your rights to satisfy an agenda. If it's worth doing, it's worth fighting for. Join Blue Ribbon Coalition.
Posted November 13, 2001 - 04:20 PM
Be Safe and Ride Smart...
May god bless the family of this boy, and ease their pain and suffering. May he protect the rest of us who sometimes get lost in the excitement of the moment.
Posted November 14, 2001 - 03:04 AM
My thoughts and prayers reach out...
Posted November 14, 2001 - 08:15 AM
lend your thoughts & prayers for that poor kid & his father.