Clovis East High student killed in car crash before school

A 14-year-old Clovis East High School student was killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning at a rural intersection south of the campus.

The Fresno County Coroner’s Office identified the boy as Bill Moua. He was the passenger in a car driven by his older brother, Richard Moua, 22. Bill was a freshman at Clovis East, school officials said.

The Mouas were in a white Toyota that crashed with a Ford Edge before coming to rest on the road shoulder next to an orchard near the intersection of Leonard and Shields avenues around 7:40 a.m., said California Highway Patrol officer Kirk Arnold. Bill was pronounced dead by medics at the scene at 8:03 a.m., Arnold said. The CHP initially reported the crash involved a single vehicle.

Officer Axel Reyes said Richard Moua stopped for the stop sign at Shields but then continued (traffic on Shields doesn’t have a stop sign) and was struck by the Ford driven by James Austin, 50, of Reedley. Richard Moua was hospitalized with moderate injuries.

Reyes said speed was not a factor in the collision, nor was alcohol or drugs.

The roadway at Leonard and Shields, which is one mile south of the Reagan Educational Center complex where Clovis East is located, was closed for two hours.

Clovis Unified School District spokeswoman Kelly Avants said that counselors and psychologists were at the Reagan Educational Center campus to lend support to students and staff.

Clovis East biology teacher Kristi Whittaker described Bill as “an amazing student in my honors biology class. He always took the time to think about some of our most complicated topics, and share his knowledge with his classmates. I could trust him to lead his small group in problem-solving and volunteer creative ideas to our class.”