Man dies in ATV accident at Oceano Dunes

The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.
The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

A man from the east San Francisco Bay Area died after an ATV crash at the Oceano Dunes on Saturday afternoon.

Erwin Baker, 21, was at the Dunes with friends but was riding alone when he drove off a large dune, lost traction and landed out of his vehicle, State Parks District Superintendent Brent Marshall said.

He was wearing a helmet at the time.

Rangers, lifeguards, Cal Fire and paramedics responded immediately, but Baker was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 3 p.m., Marshall said.

Baker was in a popular open-riding area near Post 4 that offers both flat terrain and dunes as tall as 20 to 30 feet, Marshall said.

Baker's family has established a fundraising page at http://www.gofundme.com/ErwinCBaker.