Man killed in Oceano Dunes crash
April 7, 2015
A Bay Area man, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, died in a crash at the Oceano Dunes on Saturday. [KSBY]
Erwin Baker was off-roading in an open riding area around 3 p.m. when he drove off a large dune, California state park rangers said. Rangers, lifeguards and Cal Fire personnel responded immediately, but could not revive him.
Oceano Dunes District Superintendent Brent Marshall said Baker went off a 15 to 20 foot dune at a speed that caused him to lose traction with the dune’s surface. On Sunday, another accident occurred at the same dune, state parks officials said.
The man involved in Sunday’s crash survived. Marshall said state parks officials would examine the area and attempt to prevent future injuries from occurring there.
Riders say that in certain light conditions dune surfaces appear flat even though they have steep drops.
Donald Richards, who works at Artie’s ATV Rental, said he heard Baker died during his 21st birthday weekend.
Official are still investigating the crash, but they do not suspect drugs or alcohol were factors. Investigators say Baker was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.