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Settlement Announced in 2010 Off-Road Crash That Killed Eight People

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Issue 51, Volume 17.

RIVERSIDE - A nearly $6 million settlement was announced today in lawsuits stemming from a 2010 off-road racing crash in the Mojave Desert that killed eight people, including a Riverside man.

The agreement was finalized during a mediation session Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court, according to attorney Katherine Harvey-Lee, who represented four of the nearly 40 plaintiffs.

She said the plaintiffs will receive $5.8 million in the settlement, which still must be approved by the Department of Justice. The federal Bureau of Land Management will pay $4.8 million, and race organizer and promoter Mojave Desert Racing Inc. will pay its insurance policy limit of $1 million, according to the Advertisement
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Lawsuits were filed in various state and federal jurisdiction and consolidated in Los Angeles federal court.

The victims, including 22-year-old Riverside resident Andrew Therrien, were killed by an out-of-control pickup truck driven by Brett Sloppy of San Marcos at the "California 200" race in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Open Area.

Also killed were Brian Wolfin, 27, Anthony Sanchez, 23, and Aaron Farkas, 25, all of Escondido; Michael Dickinson, 34, of Spring Valley; Danica Frantzich, 20, of Las Vegas; Zachary Freeman, 24, of Fillmore; and Dustin Malso, 24, of Ventura.

The crash at the San Bernardino desert dry lake bed occurred when Sloppy's truck went airborne and rolled, crushing spectators.



Comment Profile ImageMay B Wright
Comment #1 | Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 7:17 am
Tax payer stuck with the bill again.....SSA
Comment Profile ImageJulian resident
Comment #2 | Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm
This is just another good reason to ban all off roading activities from our federal lands whether done by individuals or organized groups.

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