Frantic father's 911 call illustrates motorcycle dangers

Frantic father's 911 call illustrates motorcycle dangers »Play Video
SHAFTER, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Shafter Police Department released a dramatic 911 call from a crash on Oct. 13, hoping to warn others of the dangers of riding motorcycles.

Zeus Luther, 14, of Bakersfield, was riding his off-road motorcycle through a Shafter orchard when he hit a tree at high speed.

The 911 recording captures father Allen Luther’s frantic call to Shafter police.

Dispatcher: "Listen to me, listen to me, I can barely understand you. I need you to take a deep breath and calm down so I can understand where you're at, OK?”

Sgt. Gustavo Olvera was one of the first responders on the scene.

“We couldn't make sense of what he was telling us because it was a very traumatic situation," Olvera said.

Allen Luther was frantic, so frantic it took officers several moments to determine the family's location.

With every minute that passed, the situation was looking more hopeless.

Dispatcher: "Allen, is there anyone else you can send to the roadway?

Allen: "No, there's nobody I can send to the roadway … the rest of them are just kids ... lay down son! Oh my God, what do I do?"

Allen: "Hold still son. Don't worry, we're going to get you out of this. You're going to be fine, I swear. I can already see, you're going to be all right. No! You need to stay still, you might have a broken neck."

After the dispatcher was able to determine their location, help finally arrived.

Allen: "Here they come! They're coming right at me, lady, tell them to keep coming! Wave them down! Alright, they're coming son, help's here."

Olvera and other first responders didn’t expect much when they arrived.

“We could tell from past experiences that usually accidents like that don't turn out too well sometimes,” said Olvera. “In this case, thank God that it didn't turn out to be that way."

Zeus was taken to Fresno Children’s Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Deputy Chief Brian Smith called that a miracle.

"The final word is always up to God,” said Smith. “God's going to make that final determination.”

Shafter police also give credit to the dispatcher, Shelia McCaleb.

“In our career, what the dispatchers have to listen to, you hear some pretty horrific calls that come in,” said Smith. “This is one of the more serious ones. You can actually see the pain in the father's face without seeing him, just by hearing him.”

Zeus' parents have since gotten rid of his motorcycle, but Shafter police are using the accident as a warning to others.

"Learn about motorcycle safety,” said Smith. “If you’re going to ride, you just have to make sure you’re safe and cautious."

Zeus is set for release from the hospital Wednesday.