Central Unified Assistant Superintendent Dies in Motorcycle Crash

A tragic accident has claimed the life of the Central Unified School District’s assistant superintendent.

Kelly Porterfield, 51, was riding his motorcycle when he struck a minivan that was attempting to make a U-turn on Highway 168 near Shaver Lake, Your Central Valley reports. The crash happened at around 5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 16.

Porterfield received medical attention on scene but died as rescue personnel were preparing to airlift him to the hospital. The driver of the minivan was fully cooperative, the CHP said. However, it will recommend manslaughter charges to the district attorney.

The school district issued the following statement:

“Central Unified School District is mourning the tragic loss of Kelly Porterfield, our Assistant Superintendent and Chief Business Officer. Kelly has been with the district for 7 years and under his leadership, we have modernized and upgraded numerous facilities, built Tilley Elementary School, started construction on a new high school, and begun early plans for the construction of another elementary school. Kelly has ensured the district maintain a healthy budget despite economic downturns and uncertainty. He is beloved by every employee in the district. His dedication to his family, work, and the Central Unified community make his loss all the more devastating to us”.

Porterfield was given the interim superintendent’s position last year. He has a wife, four children, and three grandchildren.