On Saturday, September 2, around 4 p.m., an off-highway vehicle rolled over at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, killing the driver and injuring its one passenger. Abel Ocampo, 23, Denver, Colorado, was recreating off-road in the Utah State Park, when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled, pinning Ocampo under it.
Witnesses to the incident rushed to aid the trapped OHV riders as first responders hurried to the scene - response from Utah’s State Parks division, as well as the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Kane County’s medical response teams attempted medical aid. Ocampo was pronounced dead on the scene, while his passenger sustained minor injury. According to the press release by the State Parks division, Ocampo was not wearing a helmet or a seatbelt.
One witness who was aiding in lifting the overturned vehicle was injured in the process, and was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
In the conclusion of the press release, the State Parks division stated, “The Utah Division of State Parks would like to extend our condolences to Abel Ocampo’s family and friends. We would also like to thank the agencies and individuals who swiftly responded to the incident.
With the holiday weekend now underway, the Utah Division of State Parks encourages all outdoor recreators to prioritize safety. Always recreate with a buddy, wear your life jackets and helmets and let somebody know where you are going and when to expect your return. Checking weather conditions and water temperatures is also vital. Use alcohol responsibly, and never drink while driving an off-highway vehicle, operating a boat or participating in potentially dangerous activities. Pack appropriate gear for your activity and stay hydrated while outdoors.”
This incident is still under investigation at this time.