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Off Roader Death in Big Bear

Discussion in 'Pacific Region' started by ntsqd, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. ntsqd

    ntsqd 1/2 ton status

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    From: http://www.rimoftheworld.net/incident/2627?PHPSESSID=c7f992ce321c0ee124a57880e4de536f

    White Mountain area; 1/2 up the saddle off 3N17 - White Incident
    07:59 AM
    Mon 8/21
    From: Coroner's report

    Coroner Case 06-6490LM--At about 1:00pm on 08/20/2006, Wallace John Piper, a 41 year old resident of San Bernardino was involved in a single vehicle off road accident in a very remote area of the San Bernardino National Forest southeast of Apple Valley near Grapevine Canyon. Mr. Piper was in his early model Chevy Blazer 4 wheel drive vehicle accompanied by a friend. They had joined up with a larger 4 wheel drive club. At some point the Blazer became disabled on a steep embankment and subsequently rolled down into a ravine. During the rollover, the Blazer burst into flames, igniting a brush fire. Mr. Piper and the friend were both injured during the rollover. The other club members pulled Mr. Piper to lower ground to escape the flames when it became apparent that he sustained severe injuries. Mr. Piper stopped breathing and resuscitative efforts were begun while others went to summon help. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Helicopter was dispatched to the scene with an onboard physician. After continued resuscitation it became apparent that Mr. Piper had expired and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:44 pm. The CHP is conducting the investigation.[082006 2335 RK]
     
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    ****ty, is it anyone we know?

    Ira
     
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    Whoever it was, our thoughts should be with those he loved.
     
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    Amen to that:(

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    its allways tragic when a good person dies. life is fragile and can end in an instant. thats very sad. even the people that delt with it at the scene that did not even know him are devastated too I bet. having it in their lap like that is horrible to see. not something anyone would want to experience on what should be a day of fun. :(
     
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    yikes... best reason I have seen yet to get one of those blingin' race car Halon systems! :shocked: that really sucks. Wonder what his cage was like and if cage failure (or lack of one entirely) was one of the reasons he got injured and couldn't get out of the flames...

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    Update: http://www.rimoftheworld.net/columns/rotw/off?PHPSESSID=c7f992ce321c0ee124a57880e4de536f

    Off Road Accident Kills Motorist; 3 Acres Burned

    By RIMOFTHEWORLD.net
    Monday, August 21, 2006

    A two-hour off-road excursion by an area four wheel drive club near White Mountain and Coxey Truck Road ended in tragedy on Sunday. Wallace John Piper, 41, of San Bernardino, was killed after his disabled Chevy Blazer rolled back over him. Piper and a friend were attempting to recover the vehicle which have become disabled on a steep embankment shortly after 1 PM. The vehicle struck both men and rolled back into a ravine and exploding into flames. Piper and his friend were both injured during the accident.

    Other four wheel drive club members immediately began assisting the two injured parties. Some of the bystanders relocated them downhill away from the fire and others went to summon help. Shortly after the accident, Piper stopped breathing, and the parties on scene began CPR. Firefighters and rescuers from Forest Service Station 15 and County Station 49 were dispatched along with multiple helicopters, the Big Bear Hotshot Crews, and multiple air tankers. The fire crew to about three acres before being slowed by an existing burn area and firefighter efforts.

    Piper and the other injured party, who had sustained a head injury in the accident, were attended to by a physician airlifted to the scene by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Helicopter. Piper was pronounced dead at the scene and the other injured party was airlifted by Air Rescue 6 with assistance from the firefighting crews due to the patient's weight.

    The California Highway Patrol is conducting the fatality investigation. White Mountain is located in a remote area of the San Bernardino National Forest about 6 miles north of Green Valley Lake and six miles south of Highway 18 in the Lucerne Valley.
     
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    ouch... sounds like he got rolled over. that really sucks. :(

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    Poor guy and his family, but I don't get it. The trukc was stuck and they were trying o push it and it rolled on them?
     
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    Count on the media to get what really happened up there screwed up. No fault of theirs, they just typically lack the technical understanding of off roading. We'll likely never know the actual unless we get it from someone who was there.
     

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