COARSEGOLD – A tragic accident this morning has taken the life of 17-year-old Jacob Schumaker, a student at Yosemite High School and resident of Yosemite Lakes Park.
Jacob was riding his skateboard down Yosemite Lakes Parkway at about 10:40 a.m on Saturday, Jan. 19, and apparently went through the stop sign at Road 400 and crossed into oncoming traffic, where he was struck by a Honda minivan driven by a 64-year old Coarsegold resident.
The minivan was travelling at about 40 mph, according to CHP officer Nancy Kramer, when the accident happened. A friend of Jacob’s was riding his bike behind him and witnessed the accident.
The driver of the minivan and others at the scene worked frantically to save the young boy’s life, but his injuries were too traumatic, and he died at the scene.
Officer Kramer says there is nothing to indicate that this was anything other than a tragic accident, and no charges will be filed. There were no drugs or alcohol involved.
As news of this tragic event spread through the community and across Facebook, it has triggered an outpouring of love and support for the Schumaker family and tears over this devastating loss. Many expressed their grief and concern on S|N|O’s page.