The Turlock High School community is mourning the death of an FFA and student athlete in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
The deceased, Kaden Farro, 16, of Turlock died around 4 p.m. Saturday in the solo collision, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Farro was driving a 2006 Suzuki ATV while working in an orchard at Hawkins Road, north of Keyes Road. According to the CHP, Farro turned to the left to make a U-turn when the ATV rolled to the right.
Farro was thrown off the ATV, which then rolled on top of him, causing fatal injuries. Farro was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Alcohol and drugs were not considered to be factors in the accident. Farro was not wearing a helmet and was not required to because he was on private property.
Farro was active in FFA at THS and the agricultural department and FFA Chapter released the following statement:
“Kaden was a student who recently found his passion in the agriculture field. Last year, he asked what he could be involved with since he knew this would help him for his future. He started to make decisions that allowed him to get more involved in the Agriculture department and the Turlock FFA Chapter this past year. He exhibited a market hog project at the Stanislaus County Fair this past summer, something he truly enjoyed and was planning to do again this next year. In school, Kaden did a great job in his Ag Engineering classes developing all the different mechanical skills that he could apply to the family farm. The Farm Power Team was another interest of Kaden’s since it involved operating agriculture equipment, it was his hope to be competitive against the other FFA chapters in this event. In addition, he was especially interested in learning the welding trade so, besides just taking the class, Kaden would often come in and work independently, practicing after school.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Kaden’s friends and family on this loss.”