SELMA – A weekend dirt bike ride turned tragic for a Selma teen, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol and the Selma community is coming to grips with the unexpected death of a local 16-year-old.
It was nearly 5 p.m. Nov. 17 when the CHP received the initial call that an off-road motorcycle collided with a two-axle big rig northwest of Selma.
Jose Campos, 44, of Lemoore was traveling south on Clovis Avenue near Dinuba Avenue. Meanwhile, the teen, later identified as Ramon Gonzalez, was driving 2007 off-road motorcycle wearing a full-face helmet and goggles along a dirt path nearby. Because of a row of trees and a large wooden fence, Campos did not see Gonzalez approaching from his left as he passed Clovis Avenue. Once he heard the engine noise of the motorcycle, Campos reported he looked to his left and saw the dirt bike driver come from the dirt path and on to the road. Gonzalez collided with the rear trailer of the Freightliner and came to rest in the front yard of a residence on Clovis Avenue.
Campos stopped on the right shoulder and provided medical aid, as did the residents of the home; however the teen succumbed to his injuries.
Drugs and alcohol were not a factor in this collision.
As the community became aware of his death, an outpouring of support has been shown with fundraisers and services at Selma High where Gonzalez played on the junior varsity football team
Selma High's Principal Guillermo Lopez sent a message via Twitter to help the family and each other at this time.
“Dear SHS Bear Family, please help our fellow Bear’s family during this tough time with their loss. Any help will be greatly appreciated and please hug your loved ones.”
On a GoFundMe page, Gonzalez’s sister-in-law Yvonne Gonzalez described Gonzalez as a “very charismatic, funny, responsible and very devoted young man who was taken away too soon. Prayers for all who are grieving with our family.”
Selma High’s Vice Principal Shawn Wisley said in a Twitter comment that the Selma High sophomore was a “fantastic young man. The shock and grief are overwhelming.”
Selma High is hosting a Celebration of Life for Ramon Gonzalez from 6-8 p.m. at the Selma High Dining Hall.