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Two Northern California residents were killed in off-road vehicle accidents at a California state park in a single week, officials said.
The deaths happened near Vent Pipe at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, a section of state park near Pismo Beach that’s open to recreational vehicles.
Chor Vang, 34, was the most recent victim, said Chief Ranger Kevin Pearce in a press release. The Sacramento man was riding rented ATVs with friends on Friday, April 19 when he was tossed from his vehicle and struck by it.
The accident may have been caused when Vang braked at the top of a dune, investigators said. No one else was injured.
The previous Friday Narcissa Lichtman, 44, of San Jose, died after her recreational off-highway vehicle crashed from a 25- to 35-foot dune and started rolling, Pearce said.
A man and child were in the vehicle with Lichtman and sustained injuries.
Lichtman had been traveling in a party of five vehicles, which investigators said were driving at speeds of approximately 60 miles per hour. Three of the vehicles in the party crashed, though they did not collide.
The man and child in Lichtman’s vehicle were transported to a local hospital, where Lichtman was later pronounced dead. Those in the other crashed vehicles sustained minor injuries and were released at the scene. Investigators do not believe alcohol to be a factor in the crashes.
Located a few miles south of Pismo Beach, Oceano Dunes is one of the only California beaches where vehicles are permitted to drive along the shoreline.
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