I was saddened by the news of the recent accidental death of 19-year-old Felipe de Jesus Amezcua. He was another victim of the dangerous conditions that continue to exist at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. The young man joins 37-year-old Jose Lopez and 31-year-old John Edward Leano II, who died under similar circumstances in 2011.
Then theres Christopher Meadows, of course. Hes the 24-year-old EMT who died in 2009 while riding an ATV in response to the report of an injured off-roader. The poor young EMT wound up having a stretch of freeway named after him.
Perhaps a more appropriate gesture and one that would remind future visitors of the very real dangers of riding their sand toys on the dunes would be to rename the OHV The Christopher Meadows Memorial Recreational Area.
Theres a good reason off-roading is prohibited on other beaches in California. Such prohibition saves lives.