DUMONT DUNES, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An accident at a popular off-road recreation area has claimed the life of one man and left another critically injured.
It happened on November 20, 2018, at about 1:00 am, when Barstow California Highway Patrol Officers responded to a collision at the Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area.
According to a CHP news release, a 44-year-old adult male from the Sacramento area was driving his Polaris RZR up an unnamed sand dune, south of Banshee Hill, with his 40-year-old adult male passenger, also from the Sacramento area.
“The Polaris rapidly approached the top of the sand dune and became airborne. When the Polaris landed on the back side of the sand dune, it began to overturn,” stated the release.
The passenger sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was airlifted to a trauma center with ‘neck injuries’ and his condition remains unknown.
CHP officials said alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this collision. The incident is currently under investigation and anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 760-255-5900.
Sand dunes and a unique landscape draw OHV enthusiasts from all over to this unique location. This week officials are expecting 10-20,000 campers and off-roaders to occupy the Dumont Dunes recreation area. The Barstow CHP reminds the public that law enforcement will be out in full force and DUI laws apply off-road as well as on.