A 16-year-old Turlock High School junior — active in FFA and athletics — was killed Saturday afternoon in an ATV crash.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Kaden Farro was riding a 2006 Suzuki ATV in an orchard off Hawkins and East Keyes roads, south of Turlock Lake. The crash happened about 4 p.m. when he steered left to make a U-turn and was thrown from the vehicle.
The ATV rolled on top of Kaden, who died at the scene, Officer Thomas Olsen said Monday morning. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death, Olsen said.
Chad Booth, Kaden’s ag teacher and FFA adviser, released a statement on behalf of the Turlock High ag department and FFA chapter: “Kaden was a student who recently found his passion in the agriculture field. Last year, he came and asked what he could be involved with since he knew this would help him for his agriculture 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 sometimes come in and work independently, practicing after school. The Turlock Agriculture Department and FFA Chapter will truly be affected by the loss of Kaden Farro and send our heartfelt condolences to his family.”
Speaking by phone Monday afternoon, Booth said he loved having Kaden as a student the past two years and had been looking forward to this year and next before the young man graduated. “He was among the quieter kids, but there was never not a smile on his face. He was always a pleasure to be around, a genuinely good kid.”
One of the things Booth admired most about his student was that he never was idle, there never was a moment where he was just sitting around.
On Mondays, Kaden always would tell Booth how he spent his weekend, and it frequently involved working in the family orchard. Booth has heard the teen was riding the SUV to check on irrigation, and it was a “freak accident” that killed him.
Kaden was wearing no helmet or other safety equipment, Olsen said, but the vehicle code doesn’t fully apply to vehicle use on private property, so the teen wasn’t required to. “We always encourage it, but in the rural areas we don’t often see people wearing safety equipment,” Olsen said.
A post Monday morning on the Turlock High School Yearbook page on Facebook said, “May his memory be a blessing on all who had the privilege to know him.”
A celebration of Kaden’s life has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at New Life Christian Center, 2918 W. Tuolumne Road, Turlock.