Oakdale High graduate ID'd as fatal victim in wreck

11/01/2012 11:50 AM

11/01/2012 11:33 PM

Authorities Thursday identified the man killed in a motorcycle accident south of Oakdale on Wednesday evening as a 19-year-old from Oakdale.

The Stanislaus County coroner's office said the accident victim was Dillion Miller.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Miller and another motorcyclist were riding west on Claribel Road near Albers Road about 6:15 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Patricia Smith, 67, of Riverbank was driving a Dodge pickup north on Wellsford Road and turning left onto Claribel when Miller's motorcycle hit the right rear bumper and tailgate of the truck. Miller was ejected from the motorcycle; both came to rest on the north shoulder of Claribel.

Authorities closed Claribel while they investigated the accident. The investigation continues, and it was not clear Thursday whether fault had been determined or any citations had been issued.

Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Vance Miller said his son was a "great kid" who loved playing football at Oakdale High School. Dillion Miller graduated in June.

"He was a kid that would walk in a room and smile and just light up the room," Vance Miller said. "He had a lot of friends, a lot of people that loved him."

Roughly 20 of Dillion Miller's friends went to the accident site for an impromptu memorial service Thursday morning, said Cheryl Hall, a friend of the family.

"The family has had a lot of support from the whole community," Hall said. "He really loved Oakdale."

Dillion worked with his mother and a brother and sister at a delivery company.

The youngest of seven children, Dillion "always made sure that his friends and his family were first," Vance Miller said. "We're going to miss him."

Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at pguerra@modbee.com or (209) 578-2343. Follow her on Twitter, @pattyguerra.

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