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Laura Austin Photo / Kern County Fire Captain Harry Kelmanson of Station 74 gathers information from Jeanie Silvey, mother of injured rider, Donna Bruce, at the scene of the accident. 

Teen rider evades death after colliding with a semi-truck

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer– On the evening of Saturday, November 26, just before sundown, emergency personnel were dispatched to a traffic collision that had occurred between a dirt bike and a big rig semi-truck. The collision took place on 395 about two and a half miles south of the China Lake Blvd. and US Highway 395 intersection. 

California Highway Patrol (CHP), Kern County Fire and Liberty Ambulance upon arriving at the scene, located a motorcyclist who apparently had been struck by a semi-truck. 

Fifteen-year-old Donna Bruce, operator of a 2006 Honda motorcycle, was reportedly riding eastbound on Dirt Diggers Road when she collided with a 2015 International Semi Truck driven by a Jaime Guerrero. Guerrero was reported to have been traveling southbound on US Highway 395. The Honda motorcycle and International semi-truck collided within the intersection at Dirt Diggers Road. 

As Liberty Ambulance and Kern County firemen rendered medical treatment at the scene, it was determined that Bruce’s injuries required the need of air transport. 

A landing zone was chosen near what was then called the Goler Incident. 

Bruce was transported by Liberty Ambulance and transferred to MercyAir 14 and transported with major injuries to Antelope Valley Hospital for additional treatment. 

According to CHP, the investigation is ongoing.

The News-Review spoke to a family member of Bruce and reported that though Bruce suffered a cracked pelvis, it is apparent, she’s well on the road to recovery.