Tracy man dies in dirt bike crash
by Joel Danoy
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Accident on Tom Fowler Drive
Tracy Fire Department and American Medical Response ambulance crew members tend to the rider of a dirt bike after he crashed on Tom Fowler Drive on Tuesday, March 26. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A Tracy man was killed when he crashed a dirt bike on a residential city street on Tuesday, March 26.

Tracy police officers responded to a call for a “speeding dirt bike” in the area of Tom Fowler and Windham drives at 1:03 p.m., according to Sgt. Kami Ysit of the Tracy Police Department.

At 1:37 p.m., officers received a second call that the dirt bike rider had crashed on 1300 block of Tom Fowler Drive, Ysit said at the scene.

“An officer was here, I think it was estimated maybe 30 seconds after the crash had occurred,” she said, “because they were on their way to investigate (the first) call.”

The first responding officers “noticed abrasions on him, but there was no sign of obvious death,” according to Ysit.

Division Chief David Brammell of the Tracy Fire Department said crews arrived on scene shortly after the crash call and found that the victim “had sustained life-threatening injuries.”

Rescue workers were seen performing CPR on the victim in the driveway of 1354 Tom Fowler Drive for several minutes before he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. He died at the hospital a short time later from undisclosed injuries, according to police.

Police expect to release his name and age on Wednesday, March 27, once family members are notified of his death, Ysit said.

At the scene, a blue Yamaha dirt bike with a black Fox Racing sticker on the rear fender was lying on the street, just feet from where the victim was in the driveway.

It appears that the victim was riding east on Tom Fowler Drive when the bike struck a curb, causing him to travel at least 10 feet before stopping in the driveway.

Police don’t believe he was wearing a helmet, and it’s unclear if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. No helmet was seen near the victim, who also was not wearing a shirt.

Two Apex sneakers, olive green pants, a black baseball hat, two white socks and a garage door opener were left in the driveway when the man was taken to the hospital.

“At this point, we have no reason to believe that anyone else was involved,” Ysit said. “It takes a day or two for us to measure the skid marks and determine the rate of speed, but it seems that way.”

It’s believed that the man lives in the neighborhood.

Debi Dooley, a resident on the 1300 block of Tom Fowler Drive, said that “people speeding on little motorbikes with no helmets” is an ongoing issue in the neighborhood.

Dooley estimated that the bikes reach speeds of 60 mph, and said they “do donuts in the streets” at “all hours of the day.”

“They are young kids, and they never stop at the stop signs,” she said. “They do it constantly, and I don’t understand what they are thinking on this residential street.”

The crash is still being investigated by officer Vince Wyent.

• Contact Joel Danoy at 835-3030 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.

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backinblack
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April 07, 2013
"Yeah but you need to keep in mind that his family is reading your comments....so please stop bashing."

Ok, you do the same and stop using profanity - by the way, did you notice TP pulled your comment?

As far as what you refer to as basing I don't see anyone personally attacking your husband and most including myself have stated no one "deserves" to die, and we sympathize with your loss.

However, for someone who identified themself as an experienced rider, and for me as a life long "hot rodder" who's done my fair share of stupid things in a car, we are making resonable assumptions based on common sense and experience with what truly causes "accidents".

I realize some people have a hard time with certain things in life but if I would have died as a result of a bad decision in hot rodding a vehicle I would hope my family would say, hey, he was a good guy but he made a bad decision.

Again, no one is judging your husband as a person and it does no harm to discuss the mistakes he may have made which cost him the ultimate price.

Once again, sorry for your loss and I guess we'll all see what comes from the final summation of what caused this terrible event.

DanielleCali
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April 08, 2013
Well excuse me for being a little bit irritated at the things you people are saying - I just lost my husband I think I have a right to get mad at you people for talking when you don't know anything except what was reported. Don't believe everything that you read.

How do you know he didn't have something else happen that caused him to crash? Like a heart attack or something like that? Not that this is any of your business. You don't know anything and until you do you cannot sit there and tell me he made a bad decision.

So please again STOP with the comments.
DanielleCali
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April 12, 2013
Sputty is it?

I am reading this because I hate the fact that people always like that they can get on a public site and bash someone who is no longer here to defend themselves...and always while hiding their identity of course - so I feel it's my job to defend the honor of a good man.

And exactly - if it's all irrelevant then why are you people still on here posting your stupid comments when you obviously have no proof to back up any of your statements or accusations?

It amazes me how people assume so much without any shred of proof to back it up.

I bet NONE of you would come up to me on the street and say any of the negative things you have said here - so I say to you (which is the same thing we are supposed to tell our CHILDREN) If you wouldn't say it in person - then don't post it online!!!

For those of you who have been supportive - I thank you.
AprilG13
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April 12, 2013
Wow, I'm astonished by some of the comments on this story! We are supposed to be adults and it seems as though a lot of you are acting like bickering children! You are all making ASSumptions derived from what the TP has posted. I understand how it's easy to do. What any of you have failed to consider is that this man was a husband, father, brother, son, friend... Many of you making these comments have no idea all of the things happening. As well you shouldn't because quite frankly it is none of your business. Most of you are making "but" statements (No one deserves to die BUT, I feel for the family BUT, my deepest sympathy BUT..) know what I mean? Look at the way you all are talking maybe you should all say I am so sorry for your loss, and the loss that your children are suffering.. No "but" statements because in all honesty but means forget what I just said now here is what I really mean.. Emotions run high in people that are connected to this personally and all of you who have no personal connection to this are fueling the fire by the ignorant comments being portrayed in the forum. I am just asking all of you to STOP think of the effects those BUT statements are having...
shelly13
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April 05, 2013
Thanks backinblack and good point! Danielle you were not there either. At this point you may want to step back because you are adding to the negativity that you so wanted to stop. You may have noticed that one actual witness here said he saw him speeding before the accident. He was not wearing protective gear. What we are all assuming are logical conclusions based on the info here. Could we be wrong, of course.

Again a tough lesson. Be careful out there everyone and condolences to the family.

BIGJOHNSON57
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April 07, 2013
I have learned my lesson and will wear my helmet if I take my go cart out on the street again.
DanielleCali
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April 07, 2013
Yes and that's all it is - it's "hear-say" - I can say I'm the President of the USA - but it still don't make it true. I have the dirt bike at my house and if he was in fact "speeding" there would be a certain level of damage to that bike - and there's none..so explain that genius.
Govgeek
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April 04, 2013
I live near the corner of Ray Harvey and Patch. It's very sad this happened on every level. Another young life cut short which could have been prevented. My deepest sympathies to the family and friends affected by this.

Being a street-biker myself I'm keenly aware of the dangers I assume every time I ride. I see these guys riding all the time with no helmets and I'm always amazed at how careless/carefree they seem to be. I've even motioned them to slow down, especially when I know kids are outside playing.

No one "deserves" to die, but this sure highlights why we should be mindful of our own lives and the risks we take that might affect those closest to us... We don't live for ourselves if others rely on us and we should act responsibly.

If there's any positive way to see this, perhaps thankfully no one else was injured, because there are plenty of kids outside playing, adults and pets jogging, others going on about their lives responsibly, expecting others to do the same.

If we take risks without any layers of defense or protection, add some carelessness mixed with a little arrogance... that's a recipe for disaster. If we escape unharmed, we were lucky.
ChrisRoberts
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March 31, 2013
Hopefully the deceased did not suffer much. What an awful way to go. RIP.
backinblack
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March 31, 2013
"We don't know what caused him to crash - but I can tell you it wasn't speeding"

What? You are ripping into people for giving their opinion and in the process choose the path of "I wasn't there but the police acted stupidly" Obama. Regardless of what Mr. Aquino was doing he obviously did not deserve to die and for anyone connected to him, especially his children, I'm sorry for the loss. However, you may want to think about what you are doing here.

Based on the info provided by TP Mr. Aquino was not wearing a helmet, if true, in this regard Shelly is correct that a conversation with the kiddies in this world is appropriate as it's a fact wearing a helmet helps prevent things like this. No offense to you but barring a catastrophic mechanical breakdown Mr. Aquino was doing something wrong, common sense tells any reasonable person that's the case.

There are few true "accidents" on our roadways. I'll bet my last dollar at least 90% are due to someone being careless or doing something downright stupid. I usually like to wait for the facts before commenting but this is a comment section and I don't see anything which warrants you calling people idiots or wishing them ill will.
DanielleCali
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April 07, 2013
Yeah but you need to keep in mind that his family is reading your comments....so please stop bashing.

Nobody knows what caused it..and until I do I would like to ask everyone to be respectful and not post the negative comments here.

And by the way I am his wife - so please do me and my 3 children a favor and STOP...just stop, you are not helping anything and all your comments really mean nothing because what is done is done.

There is no point in saying "what could have been done". Like I said we still don't know what happened and I would appreciate it if you people would not speculate about this situation since you -like me- were not there and don't know.

Hopefully you people can put yourselves in mine and my children's shoes and really think about how you would like others to treat you and talk about your loved one who has died in this situation.
locostacos
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March 28, 2013
Knobby tires were not intended for use on an asphalt

surface. No helmet too...

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

DanielleCali
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March 31, 2013
You're an idiot...nobody was playing a stupid game -how bout you have some respect and quit running your damn mouth.
tomgreen123
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April 01, 2013
Riding a dirt bike with impropper tires and no safety gear at a high rate of speed... How is that NOT playing stupid games?
Cgrisham
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March 28, 2013
Ok people please if you have all these concerns about kids and what not think about this they see the things said or hear about it so shut your mouth if you have negative things to say. There is no point in talking about the should haves it is not going to change what happen so have some compassion and think of how you would want or hope your family would be treated in this situation and if you still wanna run your mouth remember God is the one who's job it is to judge and Karma this man you want to talk down about was an amazing man and very important to me and my family so please think
shelly13
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March 28, 2013
Actually it is a good lesson for the kids. It is a lesson that if they read what is being said here, they may not repeat. It may make them think twice before doing something like this. Unfortunately it is the cold hard truth that what he did was wrong, illegal and sadly had dire consequences. I think one of the problems in our society today is that people do not think about consequences to their actions anymore.

So I say lets go ahead and teach our kids the lesson learned here. Make something good come out of something bad. Talk with our kids about this. Let them see and hear people comments good or bad so they may understand the possible repercussions of poor choices. That in no way takes away the compassion or empathy for the family and friends at least not from me. I feel terrible for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope that after reading this story we can all make better choices and be safer on the roads. I think God would be OK with that.
DanielleCali
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March 31, 2013
Actually Shelly, no we should not be teaching our children to add insult to injury - to kick someone when they're down - that's actually called bullying.

We don't know what caused him to crash - but I can tell you it wasn't speeding...he was an experienced rider and knew what he was doing. Many people work on their bikes and then take them on a quick ride around the block.

I hope people are just as cruel to you when something like this happens to one of your family members..maybe then you'll learn respect and compassion.
shelly13
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March 31, 2013
I agree not to kick someone when they are down. I dont agree with all the comments made here. But in talking about this story we can talk about the choice of not wearing a helmet or a shirt and the possible consequences. We can see the words of others who are not as compassionate as a consequence also. Take it all into account to teach the lesson that the choices we all make have consequences. If you choose to do something, you are also choosing the consequences. So everyone can learn to make better choices. To think twice before doing something. We are all not perfect. But we can all learn to make better choices in our lives.
shelly13
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March 31, 2013
"I hope people are just as cruel to you when something like this happens to one of your family members..maybe then you'll learn respect and compassion." I understand your point but maybe after that comment you should take your own advice.

I have tremendous compassion. You do not know me. If you read my whole statements you would see that. I was trying to make a good come out of a bad by pointing some truths out. Yes, the truths may not always be all warm and fuzzy. Believe me, I know. One of my friends made a poor choice once that killed another friend. I understand where peoples comments are coming from whether I like them or agree with them or not. They are a simple hard truth that stemmed from a persons poor choice. Sad but true. I have tremendous compassion for this family and others who tragedy has befallen. But let this also be a lesson for positive changes in our own lives. I do not see how that is a bad thing.
BIGJOHNSON57
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April 01, 2013
Sorry to say he was speeding, I saw it myself he even passed moving cars going the same direction doing at least 40 mph
DanielleCali
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March 27, 2013
Just to be clear on this issue - there are at least 2-3 other people in this neighborhood who ride their dirt bikes/go carts/ atv's around our block...so this is not isolated to this one person.

I would like to ask that everybody posting on here keep their negative comments to themselves - we do not know all of the facts surrounding what happened, so your judgments are unwarranted.

monsterdad3k
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March 27, 2013
As a motorcycle rider myself I really hate to read stories where someone was killed in a m/c accident.



Commenting on what the resident in the neighborhood said about it being an ongoing issue: Riding a dirt bike on the street, not wearing a helmet, speeding, running stop signs, and doing donuts are all individually and collectively violations of the vehicle code and would warrant calls to the police department to put a stop to it if it is truly going on constantly.
hnc2488
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March 27, 2013
Sending thoughts to the family. My kids are friends with this family and we just had to sit down and discuss this horirble event with them. May comfort wrap his family and friends.
JosephAe86
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March 27, 2013
ask the neighbors. he used to ride through the park and speed down the street all the time. I believe it to be accidental
shelly13
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March 27, 2013
Im sure it was accidental but we all need to be more careful on the road. What if he had hit a child or someones pet? He should have used better judgement all the way around. We all should. Lesson learned the hard way. Very sad.
victor_jm
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March 27, 2013
JosephAe86,

Are you saying his recklessness and inconsideration you believe to be "accidental"?
DanielleCali
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March 27, 2013
Of course it was accidental - and he wasn't out there "all the time" - he had a family to support.

Please think before you speak and have some respect..this is someone's family.
shelly13
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March 27, 2013
Very sad. Please everyone if you ride, wear protective clothing and obey the speed laws. This is such a senseless tragedy. Prayers to the family.
BIGJOHNSON57
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March 28, 2013
We don't know what caused him to crash into the curb yet. And I personally didn't see the crash but I did go to help after it happened, it was very surreal to see one of my neighbors laying on the ground dead knowing there was nothing I could do for him.
bobrod
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March 29, 2013
BigJ-I didn't know him but I do know what you mean, cuz I have been there n dun that. Do you happen to know if anyone has set up a trust fund yet?
DanielleCali
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March 31, 2013
BIG J - Thank you for helping - his family appreciates it.
BIGJOHNSON57
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April 01, 2013
I don't know if the family has a trust fund set up or not.


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