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Basketball Coach From Bakersfield Killed in 15 Freeway Crash

BAKER, Calif. ( A junior varsity basketball coach from Bakersfield was killed after he was ejected during a single-vehicle traffic collision.

Christopher Allen Avis, 31, was a passenger in a 2004 Ford E150 that was traveling northbound on the I-15, south of Halloran Summit Road.

The crash was reported at 10:07 am, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

For reasons still unknown, the driver, a 25-year-old male lost control of the Ford causing it to rotate out of control and eventually overturned, stated CHP officials.

Officials confirmed the van was occupied by six passengers, Avis and one other occupant were ejected from the vehicle.

Avis sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to an article from 23ABC News, Chris had been an assistant coach and head junior varsity basketball coach at Bakersfield High School since 2009.

Chris also worked as a special education instructor at BHS.

“Whether you knew him from shows, as a teacher and coach, or simply as a friend, Chris was easily the among the kindest and most caring people this world has ever known,” described a post via a Gofundme account.

Friends of Chris have set up a Gofundme account and all the money raised will be donated to BHS Athletics in Chri’s name.

Those wishing to donate can visit the Chris Avis Memorial Gofundme campaign.

The California Highway Patrol – Barstow division is investigating the crash. Anyone with information regarding the crash should contact (760)255-8700.

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