Accident victim's family struggling to bury him

Accident victim's family struggling to bury him

CHICO, Calif. - The family of a Chico man who died in a motorcycle accident last Thursday is reaching out for help to pay for his funeral.

Ronnie Smith, 30, was killed on the Esplanade when his motorcycle collided with a minivan driven by 85-year-old Maxine Landers.

He leaves behind his mother and a 5-year-old son, Ryan.

His mother, Dana Nichols-Smith arrived on the scene not long after the accident and says, "All I could do was scream, 'no, it's my son, that's my baby. That's my baby!'"

Ronnie's girlfriend, Leeann Chambers, also arrived not long after the accident.

"It was just like everything was just spinning so fast," Chambers says, "My heart was pounding and I was praying he was okay....but he wasn't okay."

Ronnie was given CPR as paramedics loaded him into the ambulance and a short time later was pronounced dead at the hospital .

The accident snarled traffic on the Esplanade Thursday night while investigators worked to process the scene.

Ronnie was working to become a concrete contractor and recently earned his contractor's license. His former boss has chipped in $1,000 for his funeral but that's not nearly enough to cover expenses.

And his family is asking for any help they can get to make sure he's given a proper burial.

"We're scrambling...we're scrambling," Ronnie's mother says. "We're trying to sell things, we're trying to raise money for his services."

If you'd like to help, there's an account under the name "Ronnie Smith" at US Bank where you can provide donations.

Or you can email Ronnie's girlfriend by clicking here.

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