SAN JOSE — Family and friends of a 17-year-old boy who was fatally struck last month by a vehicle while walking on an onramp to Interstate 680 have established a memorial scholarship fund at San Jose State University.
Garon Bolden, a San Jose teen with musical aspirations, died on Jan. 10 after being struck by at least two vehicles while walking on the onramp from Jackson Avenue to southbound Interstate 680, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Bolden was a high school junior at The King's Academy home-school program at the time of his death.
"It's just a tragedy," said his father, Greg Bolden. "As a dad you want to be there to protect. Then something like this happens. When it's out of your control, you feel helpless. Got to call out to the Lord and perhaps get some understanding later."
The CHP is continuing to investigate Garon's death and search for the hit-and-run driver. Greg Bolden said the family still has questions about what happened on the night of Garon's death.
Meanwhile, Garon's family is seeking donations for the scholarship fund, and is remembering the teen who loved music and once, at the age of 10, wrote and recorded a rap song that was played on Bay Area radio.
Garon earned local acclaim after writing and recording a hip-hop song "Makin' the Grade," which focused on education and received radio play on stations such as Wild 107, Greg Bolden said. Garon was once interviewed by KMEL DJ Jesus "Chuy" Gomez; that interview was played at Garon's funeral service.
Garon's family hopes to raise enough money to establish an endowment to help San Jose State music students who share a love of keyboard and piano, said Garon's mother, Renee Bolden. Several of Garon's family members attended and graduated from San Jose State, his mother said.
"It's in his honor because keyboard and piano is an instrument that he enjoyed and he studied over a number of years," Renee Bolden said. "This is a way of keeping his memory alive by assisting other students with a similar love and passion for that instrument."
Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez.
Those wishing to contribute can make donation in memory of Garon Bolden to the Tower Foundation of San Jose State University. Please send checks payable to the Tower Foundation of SJSU, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0183, or make a gift online at www.sjsu.edu/giving/.