MOJAVE – Antelope Valley College President Dr. Jackie Fisher suffered major injuries and his grandson was killed late Sunday afternoon after their vehicle collided with a dump truck that ran a stop sign, authorities said.
The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the intersection of Backus Road and Tehachapi Willow Springs Road, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Fisher, his wife Carla Fisher, a 10-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy were riding in a 2007 Lexus sedan traveling southbound on Tehachapi Willow Springs Road, approaching the intersection of Backus Road, the CHP report states.
A 1989 white Kenworth dump truck going westbound on Backus Road failed to stop for a posted stop sign, crossed into the intersection and collided with the Fishers’ vehicle, the CHP report states.
The impact caused both vehicles to careen into a dirt field, where the dump truck overturned. The truck’s driver, 58-year-old Barry Queen of Littlerock, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment.
Jackie Fisher, 62, had to be extricated from his vehicle and was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital with major injuries. He is currently in the hospital’s intensive care unit, according to a statement by the college.
Passenger Carla Fisher, 58, suffered major injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital by ambulance, the CHP report states.
A 6-year-old boy riding in the back seat died as a result of the collision, the CHP report states. A 10-year-old girl, also in the back seat, suffered minor injuries and was transported via ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital. Both were the Fishers’ grandchildren, according to media reports.
The Fishers had been returning from a trip to Bakersfield at the time of the collision, according to a statement from the college. Their family members have requested prayer, the statement said.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we extend our hopes and prayers to Jackie and his family for a quick recovery,” said board President Michael R. Adams.
People are asked to refrain from visits to the hospital.
For the very latest updates on Dr. Jackie Fisher’s condition and more information on how you can help support the Fisher family, visit http://www.avc.edu/news/2013/apr/jackiefisher.html.
Updates are being provided at least twice daily — morning and afternoon — or at other times as needed.