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Machado family member killed in weekend 'quad' accident

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Buster Machado, 21 of Auburn, was found dead Sunday morning on Sylvan Vista Drive in the Bowman area.
 
Placer County Sheriff’s officers responded to a call and found Machado next to a “quad,” off-highway vehicle, which Machado had apparently run off the road and crashed into a home on the rural street that winds down the steep canyon behind Ikeda’s restaurant.
 
Laura Ferreira and her husband Paul, Machado’s mother and stepfather, own a home on Sylvan Vista Drive where Buster had been staying.
 
Laura Ferreira said that on Saturday night family and friends were celebrating at Lou LaBonte’s restaurant and Buster took off for home, located just around the corner, at around 11:30 p.m.
 
It is not known exactly what happened, but Machado's mother theorized a deer or bear may have run out in front of her son, causing him to lose control and drive off the road.
 
“He was an exceptional young man who was loved by many,” she said. “He will always be my boy.”
 
Sylvan Vista Drive is a dead-end street that leads into the American River Canyon. Deer, bear, coyote, skunk, turkey and other wild animals are frequently seen in the area, neighbors said.
 
Machado graduated from Placer High School in 2009. His father, Gary Machado, and grandparents, Gil (deceased) and Bobbie Machado, are very well known in the greater Auburn area as the longtime owners of Machado’s Orchards fruit stand and store. Buster grew up in the Bowman area and was a fixture working at the store as a boy and young man.
 
Buster Machado is also survived by his sister, 2012 Placer High grad Libby Machado, 18.
 
Placer County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the accident. For more information, check a future edition of the Auburn Journal.