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Riverside man killed in off-road vehicle crash

February 19, 2012 |  8:35 am

Map: Location of Dumont Dunes. Credit: Map via GoogleA 24-year-old man has died in rural San Bernardino County after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving in collided with another vehicle.

Nicholas Sean Blanchette of Riverside was riding in the Competition Hill area of the Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area when he struck a sand rail broadside, the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's Department said in a statement Sunday. A sand rail is a motor vehicle designed to travel on off-road terrain.

Paramedics who were at the scene moved Blanchette to a first-aid station, where he was declared dead at 11:25 p.m. Friday.

Competition Hill is the tallest of the sand dunes in the Dumont Dunes area, rising to 1,200 feet. Dumont Dunes is about 31 miles north of Baker, Calif.


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Image: Map of Dumont Dunes. Credit: Google