The Fresno State student who died in a solo motorcycle collision on the University farm has been identified by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as Joel Talbot, 25, of Ripon.

He was found by joggers at about 6 a.m. on an access road in the fields north of Bullard Avenue between Cedar and Willow avenues, reported the Fresno Police Department working with The Fresno State Police Department.

Mr. Talbot was a senior majoring in crop science production management in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, said Dr. Carolyn Coon, dean of students. He was a graduate of Ripon High School.

Mr. Talbot also was a student employee of the Fresno State farm’s orchard enterprise since September, Dr. Coon said.

University questions: Tom Uribes – 559.246.1717 or

Accident information: Lt. Joe Gomez, Fresno Police – 559.908.6237.

Coroner’s media: Tony Botti, Fresno Co. Sheriff – 559.977.0379


Fresno County Coroner Press Release (April 6, 2016)

The Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a motorcycle accident near the Fresno State campus.  He is Joel Talbot, 25.  He currently lives in Fresno, but is originally from Ripon, CA.

For further questions on the investigation, please contact the Fresno Police Department or Fresno State PIO, Tom Uribes.

Tony Botti
Fresno County Sheriff’s PIO


Fresno Police Department Press Release (April 6, 2016)

From: “Joe Gomez” <>
To: Media
Cc: “Mark Hudson” <>, “Tom Uribes” <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 12:14:30 PM
Subject: Fatal Motorcycle Accident on Fresno State Property

On Wednesday, April 6th, 6:17 am, Northeast patrol and traffic officers were dispatched to Fresno State farm property located north of Bullard Avenue, between Cedar and Willow Avenues, regarding a motorcycle accident. University PD officers were also dispatched on the call.

Upon arrival, officers located a deceased motorcyclist on a dirt access road in the middle of the farm property. There was a motocross-type motorcycle laying on its side next to the deceased male. Joggers on the property came upon the accident scene at 6am and they notified the police. The Fresno Police Department Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene to conduct the accident investigation.

The preliminary findings in the investigation are that a 25 year old male was riding the motorcycle on the farm property traveling eastbound on the dirt access road when he struck a 4′ vertical metal stand pipe on the side of the road causing the rider to be ejected from the motorcycle. It is not known what time the accident occurred, only that the male was found by joggers at 6am.

For additional follow up inquiries please contact CSUF Public Information Officer Tom Uribes at 559-246-1717.