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Pilot Killed in Apple Valley Plane Crash ID’d as Margo Chase



Margo Chase, 59, died on July 22, in Apple Valley after her plane crashed in the desert. (photo credit: IAC)

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( Friends and family are remembering the life of Margo Chase, an influential graphic designer who tragically lost her life over the weekend at the age of 59.

On Saturday, July 22, as Margo Chase soared over the open desert skies of Apple Valley, practicing her favorite sport of flying, her Panzl Aerobatic Airplane came crashing down as her husband Patrick Dugan and a family friend watched from the ground.

Although Chase died upon impact as a result of the crash, those who knew her say her memories will always live on.

“Margo was one of the most skilled, talented, and dedicated people I have ever met in my life… She was bright, intelligent, and simply fun to be with. She thoroughly enjoyed flying, our sport, and our history, traditions, and people. We are devastated by this news,” Mike Heuer, International Aerobatic Club (IAC) President said in a statement.

Dubbed as one of the most influential graphic designers of our time, her adrenaline-pumped lifestyle has touched just about everyone’s lives whether we know it or not.

She founded her business Chase Design Group in 1986 and created award-winning work for clients including P&G, PepsiCo, Nestlé, Mattel, and Target.

Chase shined with creativity and was even hired to work for such Hollywood notables as Cher, Madonna and the Tejano crossover singer, Selena; creating the jacket for Selena’s cross-over album Dreaming of You.

Chase has also been credited for re-modernizing the logos for Mr. Clean and designing logos for other popular brands and television shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In a video interview for, she expressed how her love for creativity guided her passion into flying:

“I draw in the sky. I love the idea that there’s this goal of perfection that I’m striving for, cause it keeps the challenge there since perfection is something you can never really achieve,” stated Margo.

“My heart goes out to Patrick Dugan, her husband; Tim Just, both of whom were there in Apple Valley with her; and her many friends, family, and colleagues. When we lose good friends like this, life is never quite the same as it leaves a hole in your heart that is always there,” Mike Heuer wrote.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s aviation division is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to determine the cause of the crash.

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night



Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. ( — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia



HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker



BAKER, Calif. ( – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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