Yosemite grad dies in motorcycle accident

March 26, 2009 

A Mariposa man killed in a motorbike accident was "one of my best friends" who will be greatly missed, Josh Nunes of Oakhurst said.

Ben McQueen, 19, was riding a Buell 1200 cc motorcycle traveling west on Road 415, eight miles south of Raymond, about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred one day before his 20th birthday.

CHP Officers said McQueen failed to follow a left-hand curve and went down a rocky embankment and was thrown from the motorcycle and struck several rocks.

McQueen was raised in Mariposa but transferred to Yosemite High School in his junior year. He graduated from Yosemite High School in 2007.

McQueen was no stranger to motorcycles; motocross was his passion.

"He loved the thrill and the excitement of being on a bike and participating in races," Nunes said.

His friends said that he loved being outdoors and being active and you could usually find him out riding his dirt bike, wake-boarding at the lake or snowboarding in the mountains. If it was adventure you'd find Ben doing it, they said.

"Ben's live life to the fullest attitude was contagious to everyone around him," another close friend, Dustin Bushman said. "Those who knew him well were inspired by his never sit by on the sidelines attitude and to just get out and live life," Bushman said.

McQueen is survived by his Father, Steve, his mother, Laurie, his brother, Logan and his sister Katie, and his many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Mountain Christian Center in Oakhurst. Donations are welcome and will be greatly appreciated by the family. An account has been set up at Yosemite Bank as the Ben McQueen Memorial.

Oakhurst dentist, Michael Hoyasanian, is offering a free dental day benefit, tomorrow for non-elective and non-laboratory procedures only. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Ben McQueen Memorial Fund.

To reserve an appointment contact the dental staff at (559) 683-4691.

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