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Boy who appeared OK after off-roading accident dies the next day

May 17, 2011 |  1:10 pm

A 10-year-old San Bernardino boy died Tuesday from injuries sustained during an off-roading accident in the Johnson Valley Off Road Recreation area east of Victorville, authorities said.

Chase Scarbough was driving a quad off-road vehicle at normal speeds on Monday morning when, after riding over a series of bumps, he lost control and was thrown to the ground, California Highway Patrol spokesman Joaquin Zubieta said in statement. The boy was wearing a helmet and safety gear, he said.

Scarbough only complained of minor pain and did not to appear to sustain any major injuries, Zubieta said. However, on Tuesday morning he vomited after his parents gave him water. His parents called 911.

The boy was transported by ambulance to Saint Mary's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead due to internal injuries he suffered in the collision, Zubieta said.

The CHP is investigating the accident.

In August, eight spectators were killed during the California 200 off-road night race in the same recreation area. The incident occurred when one of the racers lost control of his modified Ford Ranger pickup after going airborne on a hill known as the "rock pile," where hundreds of fans had gathered to watch the race. The truck rolled into the crowd, which had crept to within a few feet of the track, just minutes after the race began.

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