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Deadly ATV Crash Prompts Helmet Reminder

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, "no person ... shall operate, ride, or be otherwise propelled on an all-terrain vehicle on public lands unless the person wears a safety helmet ..."

The coroner’s office is reporting the death of a 21-year-old man, whose tragic end serves as a reminder to off-road enthusiasts.

Sergio Hernandez of Indio died Sunday night after crashing an ATV in the open desert, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office reported.

The crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday near Coachella Canal Road in Mecca.

Hernandez was pronounced dead shortly after the crash at 7:32 p.m. and he was not wearing a helmet, the coroner’s office reported.

According to the office, Hernandez lost control of the ATV and struck a dirt hillside.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, "no person ... shall operate, ride, or be otherwise propelled on an all-terrain vehicle on public lands unless the person wears a safety helmet ..."

The Teller of Truth January 07, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I think if you have to have a 'reminder' to cover your brains while operating an ATV, then perhaps you shouldn't be riding one. Just a thought.....
rodger cambell January 08, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Makes good since to me... About a month ago, I was dropping off some kids I the Perris area and watched a dad riding with his two kids on a quad, on the street, with no helmets all around.

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