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Motorcyclist Killed In Crash Near Park VC

Mojave National Preserve

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A motorcyclist crashed on Kelbaker Road in front of the park’s main visitor center at Kelso Depot around 1 p.m. on May 4th. Ranger/park medic Tom McDermott was first on scene and provide advanced life support, continuing it until an ambulance from Baker arrived on scene. Medical care was eventually transferred to the crew of a Mercy Air medevac helicopter, but the man – identified as Denis Duke of Torrance, California – expired before the helicopter could take off. Investigation revealed that Duke was riding with friends when he lost control of his bike and crashed while crossing some railroad tracks. His speed at the time of the crash was estimated at between 40 and 60 mph.



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