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Tulare man killed in Oceano Dunes crash

Posted at 9:00 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 00:47:59-04

A Tulare man was killed in a sand buggy crash on Sunday.

According to California State Parks, the 24-year-old driver, identified as Kristopher Mancebo, was traveling at speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour around 4 p.m.

It occurred around Post 5 1/2 Primaries, a relatively flat area of the park.

“Vehicle failure involving the front end, caused the vehicle front end to drop,” Commander Kevin Pearce stated in a press release. “The front end impacted the sand, causing the vehicle to flip end over end approximately three times.”

(Courtesy: Alyssa Lee)

Mancebo was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger of the sand vehicle was also injured and was transported to the hospital.

Although not required, neither the driver nor passenger were wearing helmets.

Pearce stated the cause of death at this time is undetermined, however the driver suffered obvious head trauma as a result of the accident.

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office responded to take over the death investigation. 

(Courtesy: Cassandra Martinez)

On Saturday, a man was found at the bottom of a 50-foot dune. He was transported to the hospital with signs of head trauma, officials said. Two people were killed in crashes in April.


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