UPDATED: Child killed, AVC president critically injured in traffic crash

The collision happened in the intersection of Backus Road and Tehachapi Willow Springs Road. The impact caused both vehicles to travel into a dirt field, where the dump truck overturned.

The collision happened in the intersection of Backus Road and Tehachapi Willow Springs Road. The impact caused both vehicles to travel into a dirt field, where the dump truck overturned.

Dr. Jackie L. Fisher, Sr.

Dr. Jackie L. Fisher, Sr.

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.

UPDATED 4/9/2013: 

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.

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  42 comments for “UPDATED: Child killed, AVC president critically injured in traffic crash

  1. Jason Smith
    July 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    This was my son I miss him so much my prayers are with you Dr Fisher and Carla His sister and his mother Tears feel my eyes forever

  2. Melanie
    April 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    My heartfelt prayers are with Dr. Fisher and his wife and granddaughter for their complete recovery and to their entire family for consolation for the tragic loss of their grandson. This terrible event should never have happened and it’s agony to know that it cannot be made right. I’ve always admired Dr. Fisher and he is a wonderful role model in our community.

    + Lord, send Your powerful grace and shower this family with Your love and healing. +

  3. Celia Hernandez
    April 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    My prayers are with Dr. Fisher and his family,
    I know his little grandson is sitting right next to God in Heaven. Please dear Lord watch over him and his family, keep them in your care and please give Dr. Fisher strength so he may come out of this okay. Bless his family and bless his grandchildren.

  4. Dr Wilhelmina Anthony
    April 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I know Jackie from Bakersfield College and was shocked to hear of his accident and so very sorry about the loss of his grandson. I am praying daily for the healing power of God on behalf of Jackie and his family. I really appreciate this opportunity to stay abreast of their condition.
    My heart is with the family
    Dr. Anthony

  5. J. Ripper
    April 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

    Was the deceased boy riding in a booster seat? I hope so, because Dr. Fisher is a very intelligent, well-educated person who both would know the child safety seat laws and easily afford the seats. But it’s a point of curiosity for me, particularly since the law recently changed to raise the age from 6 to 8 for riding in a booster seat. Was the child ejected from the seat belt, and was a booster used?

    • A. Maj
      April 11, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Your questions are assinine. The only question that needs to be asked is why the dump truck driver ran the stop sign. Was the driver drunk? The boy would still be alive if the truck driver was obeying traffic laws, like STOP at a RED LIGHT or STOP SIGN.

      • J. Ripper
        April 12, 2013 at 5:25 am

        Other articles on this site (sometimes) specify when a child seat was not properly used. Just within the past week there was an article on this site about a crash where 3 children were found to be improperly restrained. The law requires a booster seat to age 8. It is a valid and relevant question. I asked a similar question when “baby Maddie” was killed — not so much whether she was in a child seat, but the make and model of it (which never gets reported, of course). I wish someone would track those statistics!

        • Kristi
          April 12, 2013 at 8:17 pm

          Yes he was in a booster seat and not ejected.

      • Kimberly Lear
        April 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

        I completely agree with you A. Maj…… I live out there and accidents of this nature unfortunately result in this. Somebody ALWAYS blows a stop sign. Question the driver of the DUMP TRUCK! Restrained or not sounds like the sweet boy didn’t stand a chance with a truck of that size and a driver who for whatever reason blew a stop sign!!!!!

    • chandra
      May 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      I know that this post is old, but I just saw it.. This is my best friend and her family, and for your question YES Nick was in a booster. The Fisher’s main concern is the safety of their family. You should BE asking how are they? How are they holding up?. How is the mom holding up.. That you are praying for their family.. Not if Nick was in a booster.. And why was that truck out on a Sunday, and not paying attention to that STOP sign that he ran, and took Nick life..

  6. Cheadle Family
    April 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Fisher family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Nicolas but know that he is resting in heaven above. We along with our church family continue to pray for healing and complete recovery. We also pray that God will give you strength, peace and understanding during this tragic and difficult time.
    We love you all!

    • kimberly smith
      April 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

      I knew Nicolas, I was one of his school bus drivers he was a very creative little guy and my heart is saddened he was one of my favorite students and my prayers and heart go out to the family

  7. Bea
    April 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Fisher and his family. Many years ago when I was learning to drive my father said to me, “People don’t realize that Automobiles can kill.” I’ve never forgotten those words. Too many people drive so fast, tailgating, and they drive like they’re invincible. Recently a woman in a big SUV was tailgating on a 2 lane road. She passed me just as on-coming traffic was headed towards her. If I hadn’t stepped on my brake to let her move back into my lane, she would have either hit the on-coming car or swerved into me. I don’t think that lady realized that if I hadn’t stepped on my brake she would have been in an accident. People need to realize that stepping on your brake isn’t a bad thing, and not to tailgate. Taking an extra minute before entering an intersection would also help. I’m so sorry to hear about this tragic accident.

  8. Zoe Browning
    April 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    All I know for certain is that I do not know what happened. I know that a young life is lost and that there were serious injuries to others. Lives have been altered in just a moment. What happens from this point forward is unknown also. In Loving Grace I wish you love, forgiveness and deep healing….

  9. Wendy
    April 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    This is a senseless accident. I get so angry at people these days for not paying attention to street signs, speeding, and thinking they are special and don’t have to abide by the road rules. Too many innocent people are dying because of drivers rushing to get to their destination, and being too lazy to put their foot on the brake to stop for stop signs and/or signal lights. It sickens me and I pray for the Fisher family in their loss, as well as, the journey ahead of them. God Bless you all, Dr. Fisher.

  10. Evelyn
    April 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Please Diosito,
    Let this family find peace.
    Please still the waters and calm the storm
    within their hearts.
    Help them to find light in a dark time.
    Guide them forth to joy again.
    Help them remember that a loss here
    is not permenant, that they will see him again.
    Help them find strength in you.

  11. Evelyn
    April 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Please Diosito,
    Let this family find peace.
    Please still the waters and calm the storm
    within their hearts.
    Help them to find light in a dark time.
    Guide them forth to joy again.
    Help them remember that a loss here
    is not permenant, that they will see him again.
    Help them find strength in you.
    Amen

  12. Roger Satterthwaite
    April 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Horrible accident. I sat with Dr Fisher a little today in Silence, in the manner of Friends, trying to See the Light. I am so sorry, Jackie, so sorry for it all, especially for the little man who is gone.

  13. Kirk M.Broyard Sr.
    April 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    From the entire Broyard Family, Our Prayers go out to Dr. Fisher and Family. May God comfort, Heal, and keep you during this horrible ordeal.

  14. Debra B. Strong
    April 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Prayer for Healing and Comfort:
    Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servant Jack Fisher and his family, and give them power of healing to those who minister to his needs, that he and his family may be strengthened in his weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    Blessings,
    Debra B. Strong

  15. Debra B. Strong
    April 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Prayer for Healing and Comfort
    Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servant Jack Fisher and his family, and give them power of healing to those who minister to his needs, that he and his family may be strengthened in his weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    Blessings,
    Debra B. Strong

  16. Yvonne Ramos
    April 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Sharon I am so sorry to hear of the tragic accident and loss that has been suffered in your family. You and all your family members are in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Debbie Ledoux
    April 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Praying for recovery for Dr. & Mrs. Fisher and PEACE for the family.
    Blessings.

  18. Herb Oliver & Family
    April 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Our prayers go out to the Fisher Family. God Bless…

  19. Naomi Guzman
    April 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Keeping the whole family in my prayers. May God give your family the strenght to overcome this hurtful tragedy..

  20. gogetem
    April 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

    YESTERDAY WAS A VERY BAD DAY TO BE ON THE ROAD IN THE AV, THE SAND STORM WAS SO BAD THAT PEOPLE COULDN’T SEE THE ROAD AND WERE PULLING OVER. NEVER STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU CAN’T SEE, ALWAYS PULL TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. THE 14 GOING TO ROSEMOND WAS CLOSED BECAUSE OF ALL THE ACCIDENTS YESTERDAY. I KNOW WE ALSO NEED MORE LIGHT SIGNALS AND STOP SIGNS, BUT I THINK WE NEED TO CALL PUBLIC WORKS AND LET THEM KNOW HOW DANGERIOUS IT IS IN CERTAIN SPOTS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

    • melissa
      April 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Keep in mind that this didn’t occur, Monday, during yesterday’s dust bowl. It happened on Sunday.

    • Yo Mama
      April 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      I know you have the days mixed up, but I still agree with your statement. Monday’s wind event was as bad as I’ve seen in the 35 years I’ve lived in this valley. I almost wish there would’ve been a wind event that bad on Sunday so as to give the truck driver a better means of explanation. Not so. This wreck just never shoulda happened.

      My total guess is the truck driver was preparing for Monday’s job on Sunday. Fuel, travels to a plant, or quarry, etc. and this happens. Having driven big trucks for 10 years myself in this valley, I know that goes on. What stumps me is how said driver couldn’t see the stop sign, or oncoming traffic with a much better field of vision from his much higher perch than any car. Trucks driver seats are more than twice as high as any car out there including Jackie’s for sure. There’s a hole in the story that I would love to have answered. How does a “professional driver” make that kind of error?

      Man, what a tragedy for all involved.

  21. Kathy
    April 9, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Our office(A&R from BC)will be joining others in prayer for the Fisher Family at noon today. God Bless each and everyone!!!

  22. Yo Mama
    April 9, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Another senseless tragedy on the outskirts of town by an impatient driver. It is a very difficult intersection to see travelling in any direction because of the brush that surrounds it. I’m nervous every time I approach Bakkus Rd. for that very reason, but I’m usually on my Harley with my wife. Parish the thought of what would’ve happened to us in the same situation. It needs a North-South stop sign. The Fishers suffer as a result of yet another accident there. Shoulda never happened.

    My sincere condolences to all of the Fisher family…

  23. Cheri
    April 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Praying for Dr. Fisher and his Family.

  24. The Ward Family
    April 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    We are keeping Dr. Jackie Fisher and his family in our prayers!

  25. Sheldon Carter
    April 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    So sorry for Dr. Fisher and his family. Prayers to his family for the loss of their little one. May God hold their family close.

  26. Resqdvrchik
    April 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    My deepest condolence to Dr. Fisher and his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. Sjgranai
    April 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    at a loss for words… so tragic.

  28. Marco Reyes Ramos
    April 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    No :( why

  29. Barbara Headle
    April 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    We are praying here in Colorado for Jackie and his family. What a senseless tragedy indeed.

    • Matthew Koppers
      April 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Barbara…Hope your family is well

  30. April 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Damnit!!

  31. Susan
    April 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I am so sorry for the families that are suffering from this. That intersection can be very dangerous. God Bless your family. Dr. Fisher is such a positive influence to AV College. The young man is in heaven, but it will be very hard for them all. So So Sorry for the loss.

  32. sharon griffing
    April 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I am so sorry. I have much admiration for Dr Fisher. Our condolences to the family in their loss of little grandson. I have been praying for them today.

  33. Diane
    April 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    We have Dr. Fisher and Family in our prayers and hearts at this time, at noon everyday, we will be praying as a group and all who can pray also please do so. Thank you and God Bless

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