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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Buckolies hosting fundraiser for Nick Mansell

  • Boy who survived motorcycle crash will be there to say thanks to everyone who supported him.
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  • Buckolies will be hosting a fundraiser on Sunday for Nick Mansell, the young Taft boy who lost his father and was severely injured in a motorcycle accident last year.
    Nick will be at the fundraiser to say thanks to all the people who have supported him through the ordeal. His mother and other family members will be there as well.
    Nick and Bob Mansell, both avid motorcycle riders, were on Bob's Harley Davidson on Labor Day when, Taft Police say, a truck driven by a Bakersfield man turned in front of them on Highway 33 at Wood Street.
    Bob died in the crash.
    Nick, who was 12 at the time, survived, but was severely injured.
    He was hospitalized for two months and underwent multiple surgeries. He lost his left leg in the accident and was fitted with a prosthesis.
    Before the accident, Nick lived in Taft and attended Taft Schools and the New Hope Temple.
    Since the accident, however, Nick and his family had to move to Santa Maria to be closer to his doctors and hospitals
    The fundraiser starts at 2 p.m. at 621 Center St.
    There will be raffles and a tri-tip dinner with beans, salad, bread and salad for a $20 donation and 100 percent of all money raised will go to the family.
    Donations are also being accepted.
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