California race spectator incident

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. — The crowd at the off-road race could almost touch the trucks as they hurtled and bounced over the desert sand. They were close enough for one mistake to end eight lives.

Hundreds of thrill-seeking fans watched in horror Saturday night as one racer took a jump at high speed, hit his brakes on landing and rolled his truck sideways into spectators, sending bodies flying on a section of track that had no guardrails or anything else to keep the crowd back. Eight people were killed and 12 were injured at the California 200, a race in the Mojave Desert about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

LUCERNE VALLEY – The crowd at the off-road race was almost close enough to touch the trucks as they hurtled and bounced over the desert sand – close enough for one mistake to end eight lives.

Hundreds of thrill-seeking fans watched in horror Saturday night as one racer took a jump at high speed, hit his brakes on landing and rolled his truck sideways into spectators, sending bodies flying on a section of track that had no guardrails or anything else to keep the crowd back. Eight people were killed and 12 were injured at the California 200, a race in the Mojave Desert about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, California, December 18, 2013 – – A global settlement of $5.825 million was finalized yesterday and will be paid to the families of eight people who were killed and 12 people who were injured, as a result of the August 14, 2010 California 200 off-road race tragedy at Johnson Valley in the California desert.

A total of eight people were killed and dozens were injured when a modified 2000 Ford Ranger lost control and barreled into the spectators gathered around The California 200 track.

At least eight people have been killed after a 4×4 vehicle careered into a crowd watching an off-road motor race in California.

Twelve other people were injured in the crash, at the California 200 desert night race near Lucerne Valley, 100 miles (160km) from Los Angeles.

A man involved in a deadly 2010 racing crash in the Mojave Desert is back on the racetrack, this time taking the wheel at the San Diego County Fair.

Brett Sloppy, of San Marcos, hit the track Thursday at the Del Mar Arena inside the fairgrounds.

It’s been nearly three years since Sloppy was involved in a fatal off-road racing crash that killed eight spectators in the Mojave Desert, including four San Diegans.

LOMA LINDA, Calif. Family and friends of the victims killed in the Mojave Desert racing crash question if the tragedy could have been prevented.

The accident happened Saturday night during the /*California 200*/ off-road race in the Soggy Dry Lake bed near Lucerne Valley.

Just two miles into the start of the race, a truck jumped over an area known as “the rockpile,” lost control and barreled into the crowd, pinning several people under the vehicle. There were no guardrails separating the crowd from the track, and many spectators were mere feet away from the trucks racing by at up to 100 mph.

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