Tracy-area California Highway Patrol spokesman Adam Shelton said Nicholas Slavas was pronounced dead at a Modesto hospital Monday, Sept. 23, after he was injured in a motorcycle crash east of MacArthur Drive on Sunday, Sept. 22.
He said Slavas was riding a 1990 DRZ 250 Suzuki in a field west of MacArthur Drive, between the railroad tracks and Schulte Road, at the time of the crash.
Police received a 911 call at 6:55 p.m. from a neighbor who said a person wearing a motorcycle helmet could be seen in an irrigation canal behind Ashland Drive.
Slavas was pulled from the water by public safety workers and taken to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. He was later transferred to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where he was pronounced dead by hospital personnel at 3:05 a.m. Monday, Shelton said.
According to the Tracy Police Department dispatch log, Slavas had been in the canal at least five minutes before the first call to police. It was eight minutes more before police and fire officials — who had to enter through a gate about 600 yards east on MacArthur Drive — had him out of the water.
Shelton said the cause of the accident was being investigated.
Slavas’ friends have organized a memorial car wash Sunday, Sept. 29, at Hawkins Elementary School, 475 Darlene Lane, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the car wash will go to funeral expenses for the Slavas family. Family and friends have also set up a Facebook page in memoriam.
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