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Dumont Dunes: Passenger Hongwei Lu Killed in Off-Road Accident

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Shortly after 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 44-year-old Hongwei Lu, of Los Angeles, was killed in an off-road accident in the Dumont Dunes off-highway vehicle area near Baker, reported the Desert Dispatch. The 2014 Can-Am Commander Lu was a passenger in careened off the edge of a large sand dune, sending the vehicle 30 feet into the air. As it descended, the vehicle’s front end rotated and it landed on its roof. Lu sustained major head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders airlifted the 33-year-old male driver to an area hospital to receive treatment for chest, back, and head trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident. 


In recent years, off-highway vehicles (ROVs) have become increasingly popular, with use jumping from 45,000 in 2003 to 416,000 at the end of 2008. As the vehicles have become more popular, so too have accidents involving them, with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recording 181 crashes between 2003 and August of 2012 that resulted in 116 deaths and 152 injuries. ATVs have also been involved in several fatal accidents, with the CPSC receiving reports of 11,688 deaths between 1982 and 2011. 


In California, when a driver’s negligence causes a fatal accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their loss. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Hongwei Lu. 

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