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Rangers Respond To Two Motorcycle Crashes, One Fatal

Pinnacles National Monument

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Over the weekend of May 3rd and 4th, Pinnacles staff dealt with several incidents, including a wildfire and two motorcycle accidents resulting in one fatality. On Saturday, May 3rd, supervisory ranger Dana Sullivan responded to a wildland fire at the Pinnacles campground. California Department of Forestry firefighters assisted with suppressing the fire, which burned about a quarter acre. The fire was evidently caused by a 13-year-old boy playing with matches. Later that day, Sullivan and rangers Brett Hergert and Sara Bartels responded to a motorcycle accident along Highway 25 and assisted the California Highway Patrol with managing the scene and providing EMS to an adult male who’d lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle and hit a speed limit sign. The rider had to be evacuated by air ambulance to the local trauma center. On Sunday, May 4th, while investigating the previous day’s wildland fire, the three rangers responded to an agency request for assistance for another motorcycle accident on Highway 25 adjacent to the park. A man lost control of his motorcycle, went off the road, and crashed. Sullivan and Hergert were first on scene and provided EMS care to an extremely combative patient suffering from an apparent head trauma.  The rider was flown out to the local trauma center, where he expired the following day.


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