Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Six-year-old killed in car collision while riding bike at Micke Grove Park

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, August 1, 2011 1:21 pm | Updated: 7:37 am, Tue Aug 2, 2011.

A 6-year-old boy died as a result of head trauma sustained when he collided with a vehicle on his bicycle Sunday evening at Micke Grove Park, said Sgt. Barbara Butler, of the California Highway Patrol.

Gustavo Soto Flores, of Lodi, was identified as the boy on Monday afternoon by the San Joaquin County Coroner's Office.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?

Subscribe

Login

You must login to view the full content on this page.

Thank you for reading 20 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 20 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription at this time and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 209-369-2761. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?

Subscribe

Login

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

31 comments:

  • Francisco Andrade Jr. posted at 10:44 pm on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    franciscojrandrade Posts: 1

    GOD BLESS LITTLE GUSTAVO SOTO FLORES, HIS ENTIRE FAMILY AND ALL WHOM WITNESED THIS TRAGEDY. MAY HE REST IN PEACE AND HIS FAMILY FIND SOME PEACE OF MIND. GOD BLESS YOU LITTLE GUY.

     
  • Edilia Delgadillo posted at 8:51 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    kids2mne Posts: 1

    my heart goes out to Gustavo's family...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:31 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    K Lee... good to see your comments below... I agree with you.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:35 pm on Wed, Aug 3, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Marsee Bowles @ 1:22 pm: What a terrible and traumatic experience. Tears came to my eyes when I read about your experience in the hospital emergency room. It must have been surreal. So very sad. My heart goes out to this family.

    Donna Chandler @ 11:07 pm: You're right. And I would sure welcome more people to these boards, such as yourself, that support and care about children and their families. Please stop by again soon.

    My deepest heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to this hurting family.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:50 am on Wed, Aug 3, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Donna Chandler posted at 11:07 pm...I quit coming here because of all of the arguing and name calling...

    Donna.. you should consider returning as there is always room for people who are compassionate and thoughtful. I once read an article written by Mother Teresa who was writing about how they selected where to place their locations of service. She felt it important to go to areas that she felt were in the lion”s den of what they were trying to service. She felt they could better serve and influence if they could directly live in the area of concern. If thoughtful kind people like yourself leave, you deprive people who need kindness of thought of your positive participation and perspective.
    Welcome back and hope to see more of your thoughts.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:18 am on Wed, Aug 3, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2093

    One thing is confusing me about this article. How fast was the car going. As far as I can tell in the article they were still in the parking lot which would mean the speed limit was low, 10-15 miles per hour. Unless the poor child went under the car I don't see how the injuries would have been that severe.

    I base that on the two times I've been hit by a car. Both were doing 25 (residential), both times I received hardly a bruise (one car turned a corner coming into my lane, the other turned in front of me).

    Hopefully this is a wake up call for ALL drivers to me more aware of everything, not just cars, when going through a parking lot. I cycle all over Lodi and have many cars turn in front off me, back up into me, and pass close enough I could slap them.

     
  • Donna Chandler posted at 11:07 pm on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Donna Chandler Posts: 1

    I haven't been on the LNS blog in years. I quit coming here because of all of the arguing and name calling. It looks like nothing has changed. It's sad to see that some are using this as an outlet for hateful comments and pointing fingers. Two parents tragically lost their precious child. This is a time for condolences and prayers. I pray for the family of this little boy that they have the strength to make it through this tragic time. Please stop to think how you would feel if this were your child and you were reading comments like some of these.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:54 pm on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Ms. Buck had some very important words to say also. I pray, too, for the people in the vehicle that will surely be traumatized by this horrible accident.

     
  • Richard Turner posted at 8:51 pm on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    Thanks Doug... i did not mean to rant and rave off subject and my prayers are with this child's family .. Funny how after all is said and done we actually do think alike !! oh oh , I guess i just gave someone a reason to think that i am not really me!! lol

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:41 pm on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Richard, I thought our name was Richard Bobin Doug Turner JoAnne Chaney. Perhaps he's sharing that case of t-bird wine with phony Joe "Baxter? Maybe those at the Sentinel kicked another case or two. Rumor goes there's some pretty habitual and heavy wine drinkers in the upper echelon there.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:36 pm on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Richard, I love you brother, you are truly a man who thinks along the same lines I do. I'll bet phony Joe "Baxter" even went out to purchase a celebratory case of Thunderbird wine to ceelebrate after reading this terrible tragedy in our favorite local paper and noting his last name. We'll be praying for this child, his family, friends and loved ones. Rest in peace, young man.

     
  • rita fdiaz posted at 4:55 pm on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    ritadiaz60 Posts: 3

    Thank u jay samone. its beeen difficult but i have a wonderful family 2 help me thru this tramatic event i witnessed. For the family i cant imagine how they feel i jus know that i can only pray for them and keep them in my heart.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:51 pm on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Good points everyone, especially Ms. Samone. Sometimes I can't help myself when I read the comments generated by that "troll," especially the constant judgmental attitude and inappropriate references to various ethnicities - it is disgusting.

    As a mother, I cannot even imagine the heartbreak that family is going through. Yet behind their backs some idiot is making suppositions about the circumstances of the accident just to prove a point.

    My prayers go out to this little boy's family and all involved, including the driver of the car. What a thing to haunt you the rest of your life.

     
  • Marsee Bowles posted at 1:22 pm on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    marsee Posts: 2

    I was in te ER when all this happened. All have to say is watching the family pour into the waiting room wondering whats happening, was sad. At least I thought until the family found out he had passed!!!!! I have never witness something as harbreaking as that! Watcing the mothers whole body fall to the ground knowning she would leave there without him her son..The father trying to be strong but it was impossibe, he to could barely walk. The sound of adults and children screaming and crying in the waiting room took my breath away!!

     
  • Jonathan Shinn posted at 11:37 am on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Jonathan Shinn Posts: 6

    Well, Mr. Chapman, I'm sure the child's parents have not considered that yet, and I bet they'll be very grateful for your elucidating commentary. Thank goodness we have people like you to point out how things should have been done differently. Do you derive some sort of sick schadenfreude by telling them where they went wrong? Do you not think all these things have flashed through their minds? Do you think they need your help to kick them in their moment of deepest loss?

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 10:19 am on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    The fact of the matter in this case had the child been wearing a helmet, as required by law, this tragedy just may have been prevented.

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 8:12 am on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    I pray for that family - Rita, that must have been horrible to not only witness, but feel so helpless that you couldn't do anything to help him. I hope you can have peace as well.

    As far as that Chapman idiot - he's only here to start shiznit and if everyone stops responding to him - eventually he'll grow tired of being ignored. The more attention he gets, the more he posts and the more "inappropriate" his posts are. Everyone please stop feeding the trolls...

     
  • Jonathan Shinn posted at 7:29 am on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Jonathan Shinn Posts: 6

    Mr. Chapman, no one should be admonished for ANYTHING 24 hours after losing their precious child. What do you hope to accomplish by pointing out their complicity in their child's death? Your inability to show empathy speaks volumes. My heart goes out to the Soto Flores family.

     
  • Christie Buck posted at 7:23 am on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    ChristieBuck Posts: 10

    Honestly. The bickering can be taken up somewhere else. It deosn't matter what ethnicity the boy is, or religion, or wether or not the parents were watching him closely, but that a little 6 year old suffered a horrible death. I have young children in that age group, and would be completely devestated if an accident like this happened. What about the driver of the car that struck him? Can you imagine the guilt this person will have the rest of their life? There is a time and place for everything, and drinking comments from 'the regulars' are very annoying; no one cares about it. Seriously.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:46 am on Tue, Aug 2, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    rita fdiaz posted at 8:15 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011...I cant believe people are actually arguing on here. If any of u witnessed what i did yesterday words of hate or drinking wouldnt be coming out of your mouth...

    Rita... I was thinking something similar. I think the focus should be on this little boy, his family and people involved in this situation. I think if I would have experienced what you did, I would have not slept well either. I cannot imagine the pain they must be enduring this moment. Love and compassion should be present now.

     
  • rita fdiaz posted at 8:15 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    ritadiaz60 Posts: 3

    I cant believe people are actually arguing on here. If any of u witnessed what i did yesterday words of hate or drinking wouldnt be coming out of your mouth. I couldnt sleep all night because i kept replaying in my head how he looked. I kneeled next 2 him with a few other church members and prayed because we knew that was all we could do. with a injury like his it was just 2 risky 2 move him. He was such a beautiful little boy who was taking 2 early. Everyone needs 2 stop arguing about little stuff and just pray for his family.

     
  • rita fdiaz posted at 8:06 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    ritadiaz60 Posts: 3

    This was such a horrible accident. I was actually there playing baseball with the church which was about a few feet from the incident when the incident occured. Myself and a few others were the 1st 2 run over and try and help out any way would could until help arrived. it was the most terrible thing iv ever witnessed in my life. This lil boy and his family will always be in my heart. God now has another angel 2 soar with him. My prayers as well as my churches prayers go out 2 his family. We would like 2 help in anyway 2 support the family.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:20 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Chapman wrote @ 5:56PM: "I said PERHAPS if he wore his helmet,,,,,, "

    Mr. Chapman wrote @ 4:41PM: "you should be admonishing the parents for failing to make him wear a helmet as required by law. If he had worn the required helmet perhaps they wouldn't be planning his funeral."

    PERHAPS, Mr. Chapman, you should review what you ACTUALLY wrote before you claim someone is "not reading what was written." If you think this is a GOTCHA moment, it is. And to boot, to acuse someone of being an alcoholic to "prove your point" and put them down, you are not only a fabricator, but a truly despicable person.

     
  • Richard Turner posted at 7:20 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    Robert ...yes it dose....but at least i am honest and can change...you on the other hand just spew hate!! Hate comes from within the heart and what you are doing is grasping at straws trying to anger someone because that is the only ammo you have !! Yes I drink beer on a regular bases , I admit it ...rarely do I get drunk though i just need to drink beer ...not hard liquor but beer ...and you? what are you going to do about your jerk-a-holic problem? seems you had to go through my posts to find anything you could to insult me.....that is very very sad. I feel sorry for you .. its kinda like trying to have a conversation with a ten year old child !! You can call me Chaney all you want ...I take that as a compliment , at least he has a fully functional brain!!!

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 5:56 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Richard Turner Chaney, READ the post; I said PERHAPS if he wore his helmet,,,,,, If you aren't Doug Chaney, you two share a common trait and that is to read what you want not what is written. My magical powers are smelling a "rat" and my sniffer is on high alert.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:23 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    This is so very heartbreaking. God bless you little Gustavo. Rest in peace. My prayers go out to this hurting family. May God help you through this horrific time.

     
  • Richard Turner posted at 4:55 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    and by the way ...how do you know that this child died from head trauma? I guess you are an expert or have magical powers!!!

     
  • Richard Turner posted at 4:52 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    Robert Chapman posted at 4:41 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.
    Bob Chapman Posts: 154

    Instead of screaming about LNS reporting the ethnicity of the poor child in this tragedy, you should be admonishing the parents for failing to make him wear a helmet as required by law. If he had worn the required helmet perhaps they wouldn't be planning his funeral........wow you're heartless .....and you just love to hate ...it must suck being that angry!!! if i was wrong then why did lns delete that part of the article? you are just an angry little man....

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 4:41 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Instead of screaming about LNS reporting the ethnicity of the poor child in this tragedy, you should be admonishing the parents for failing to make him wear a helmet as required by law. If he had worn the required helmet perhaps they wouldn't be planning his funeral.

     
  • Brett Thompson posted at 4:19 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    Brett Thompson Posts: 54

    I agree with Richard. What was the reasoning or relevance for LNS identifying his race? I did notice that it's been removed now.

     
  • Richard Turner posted at 2:27 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    I am sooo sorry for this child and his family ...my prayers will be with them.....but what i don't understand is the need to identify him as a Hispanic child? LNS do you not have any common sense? This is not a man who robbed a bank and needs to be identified ....this is a precious child whose family must obviously be devastated. why don't you identify all of your reporters by race ?

     
City of Lodi Leaf Pickup Schedule

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Vote on the biggest local story in 2014: See poll below

It has been an eventful year in Lodi, from the antics of a wild turkey named Tom Kettleman to the announced closure of the General Mills plant. What do you see as the biggest story of the year?

Total Votes: 308

Loading…

Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists