San Luis Obispo County

Sacramento man killed in ATV accident at Oceano dunes

Sacramento man killed in ATV accident at Oceano dunes

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - A Sacramento man died at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area Friday afternoon after he crashed his ATV.

At around 2 p.m. a group of five ATV riders were traveling on the dunes when one of them broke away from the group and went up a 25-30 foot dune. The man hit the brakes at the top which caused him to flip over the handlebars and fall down the dune. The man's ATV fell on top of him and crushed him.

“My ranger responded, performed CPR for about 20 mins, Cal Fire arrived on scene took over patient care and then pronounced the patient deceased at the time,” said Chief Park Ranger Kevin Pearce.

CalFire SLO responded to the incident and declared the man dead at the scene.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office said that the coroner's office also responded.

The man was identified as a 35-year-old man from Sacramento. No one else was injured.

Last Friday, a San Jose woman was involved in an off-road vehicle crash that resulted in her death.

Officials urge Dune visitors to the slow down and pay attention. 

“If you coming out swimming surfing or riding in the dunes, it's best to know your area and surroundings...operate in your skill level, know where your riding, and know where your recreating,” said Pearce.

One Oceano neighbor says as the recreational area has gotten smaller he's seen an increase in accidents from the congestion. 

“A lot of people don’t really know what they are doing and they are out there racing and they go over the top of these dunes and someone is coming up the other side and they collide,” said Oceano resident Dan McGeary.

Officials also say may visitors just aren’t experienced, which causes a threat to everyone. 

“Life is too precious to not play it safe, take precautions. Do what you are supposed to do, go home safe, have fun, but take care of what needs to be taken care of so you can go home,” said dune visitor Amy Wilson.


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