Neighbor’s camera captures 13-year-old riding his dirt bike before deadly crash in Linda

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Isaiah Tovar’s family shared an image captured the day of the accident by a neighbor’s security camera, which shows the teenager riding his dirt bike down the sidewalk with a helmet on.

Screenshot courtesy of Isaiah Tovar’s family

Original story below:

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) —  A 13-year-old boy died Saturday after crashing into a tree while riding a dirt bike in Linda, the California Highway Patrol said. 

Stephen Davis said his eldest nephew, Isaiah Julian Tovar, was the kind of person who would open the door for a stranger. He was a good kid who went to Bear River Middle School in Wheatland and had a love for extreme sports, including snowboarding, wakeboarding and dirt biking according to Davis. 

“They were at the park, he was with his sister, and he was heading home,” Davis explained. “And Addy, his sister, my niece, after some time, 15 to 20 minutes, she hadn’t heard from him and so she called his phone.” 

That’s when a stranger picked up the phone saying Tovar had been in an accident. 

“He ended up making contact with the tree is what happened,” Davis told FOX40. 

“There was the off-road helmet there, and it’s trying to be determined if the helmet was being worn or not during the collision,” said CHP officer Brian Danielson. 

“He was wearing his helmet, his sister seen him put it on when he left,” Davis said. “By the time I got to the hospital, the helmet was still in the room and the visor was broken off. There was indications that helmet was on Isaiah’s head.” 

It is illegal to drive a dirt bike on public roads, such as Edgewater Circle where the crash took place, because of environmental regulations. 

People riding dirt bikes off-road are not required to wear helmets, though they are recommended. 

CHP said they will investigate further to determine if Isaiah was wearing a helmet or not. 

“Who knows if Isaiah wasn’t struggling trying to get his helmet off, if he was struggling to breathe,” Davis said. “You’re throwing that in this report, that the kid wasn’t wearing a helmet, it kind of takes the focus off of what’s important and that’s we lost a life of a 13-year-old boy.” 

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