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Here’s how many people have died at the Oceano Dunes in 2019

Off-roading fans say they’ll fight to keep the Oceano Dunes open

People in favor of keeping the Oceano Dunes open to off-roading brought their trucks and RVs festooned with signs and flags into the parking lot of Embassy Suites for the July 11, 2019, Coastal Commission meeting in San Luis Obispo.
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People in favor of keeping the Oceano Dunes open to off-roading brought their trucks and RVs festooned with signs and flags into the parking lot of Embassy Suites for the July 11, 2019, Coastal Commission meeting in San Luis Obispo.

As of July, six people have died at the Oceano Dunes in 2019.

This is the highest number of deaths at the state vehicular recreation area on record, going back to at least 2008, according to data provided by California State Parks. Data from 2008 was the furthest back California State Parks could provide to The Tribune in a Public Records Act request.

Here’s how the number of fatal vehicle crashes compares over the years:

Here’s a look at the six people who’ve has been killed at the Dunes this year.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and happenings in the South County region, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after graduating from Cal Poly with her journalism degree.
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