Redwood student dies in Hwy 99 accident
A Visalia high school student died Saturday morning in a single-car accident along Highway 99 near Visalia. (Photo: Redwood High School)
A Visalia high school student died Saturday morning in a single-car accident along Highway 99 near Visalia.
Garrett Bragg, a student at Redwood High School, was traveling southbound along Highway 99 near the Caldwell Avenue exit at approximately 7:30 a.m. when his vehicle veered into the center divider and overturned.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Yokley confirmed that Bragg was wearing his seatbelt but died from injuries suffered in the fatal crash.
Bragg was alone and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Visalia Unified School District Superintendent Craig Wheaton said that Bragg, an agriculture student at Redwood, had volunteered to work Saturday morning at the Tulare County Fairgrounds along with other ag students. The students were among the numerous community volunteers that were helping to prepare the fairgrounds in anticipation of the annual Tulare County Fair in September.
Wheaton said the school
had made arrangements over the weekend to have grief counselors available to staff and students on Monday when students return to class.
Over the weekend, word of Bragg's death spread quickly over social media, with many students and teachers in the ag community encouraging students to wear blue — Redwood's school color — on Monday in a show of support.
Even students from Mt. Whitney, El Diamante and Golden West high schools were circulating requests to wear blue in a show of agriculture solidarity.
Hundreds of students were liking and sharing the posts with friends.
No information was available Sunday about funeral arrangements or memorial services in Bragg's honor.
The crash caused the CHP to shut down the number one lane of southbound Hwy. 99 for about 30 minutes, but the roads remained open.
There was no mention of drugs, alcohol or excessive speed that may have contributed to the crash.
Yokley said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.