Four San Diego men were among the eight people killed in a San Bernardino County truck accident during an off-road race on August 14‚ 2010‚ when an off-road truck driven by a San Marcos man‚ Brett M. Sloppy‚ jumped off a dirt jump and crashed into the crowd. The four men were identified as Brian Allan Wolfin and Anthony Sanchez of Escondido‚ Aaron Farkas‚ and Michael Dickinson from Spring Valley.
Sloppy‚ who owns Misery Motorsports and is a parts fabriator and welder for off-road vehicles‚ wrote on his Facebook page that he is “incredibly lost and devastated my thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends involved.” One of his victims‚ Wolfin‚ leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. Another‚ Dickinson‚ was survived by his 3-year-old son and 3-month-old daughter.
The off-road accident happened during an organized event on Saturday evening at the “California 200” off-road race being legally held on a State Park‚ the Johnson Valley Off Highway Vehicle Park‚ just north of Big Bear in a dry lake bed. The collision happened because spectators were gathered along a stretch of the race course and were crushed when Sloppy’s pickup truck went off the course and rolled over.
This is one of the most tragic auto accidents we have heard of in a long time‚ particularly because it was completely avoidable. The most immediate question is why were the spectators allowed to cluster so close to the race track without any safety precautions. The families of the victims‚ whether they were injured or killed‚ should consult with an aggressive San Bernardino County personal injury lawyer to investigate all the parties responsible for this accident‚ including the race promoter‚ the safety and security contractors‚ and the State for granting the permit without adequate precautions in place.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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