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.
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