One person killed, two injured in crash at the Oceano Dunes

June 26, 2021

One man was killed and two others were injured in a crash at the Oceano Dunes on Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after noon, a man was driving an off-road vehicle on an approximately 20-foot dune in an area known as Sand Highway 22, when the vehicle rolled. The crash left one of the men pinned under the vehicle.

State Parks rangers arrived to find one person had died and two others were injured.

First responders transported one man by air and the other by ground to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria.

State Park rangers are investigating the fatal crash.


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Francesca Bolognini

And so our “Sport Death” season on the Dunes begins…..


Adam Trask

I think you mean “Death Sport.” That’s the term, coined by the brilliant director Roger Corman who used it for an ultra-violent film starring David Carradine back in the 1970’s.


Since it isn’t the first death out there, nor will it probably be the last, I tend to ignore it. While I think these machines are better suited for the wide open desert, I can certainly respect people’s rights to kill themselves by being careless with motorized contraptions, as long as they are not on city streets and everyone involves knows that death could be the consequence of a day’s “recreation.”