San Luis Obispo County

Fifth person dies this year at Oceano Dunes, State Parks identifies victim in crash

another off-highway vehicle crash

OCEANO, Calif. - California State Parks announced that one person was killed in an off-highway vehicle (OHV) accident at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area Thursday night. 

At around 6:50 p.m. State Park rangers and lifeguards responded to a single vehicle accident involving a motorcycle. 

They found a  man identified as Mario Olivas, 46, of Glendale, Arizona unconscious and without a pulse.

Staff performed life saving efforts for about 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

This is the fifth death at the Oceano Dunes this year.

The victim was reportedly going at a high rate of speed and was ejected from the motorcycle when he crashed sustaining fatal injuries. 

The victim who was from Arizona was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash but it was reportedly improperly secured. 

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into this incident. 


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