I can finally write about this... a married couple my wife and I consider to be our closest friends had a tragic accident three weeks ago while offroading at Glamis Calif. She was killed instantly and he was seriously injured when their VW powered dunebuggy went nose-down over a steep drop-off while driving at only around 25 mph on a clear warm Friday morning. No alcohol or drugs were involved. Their dunebuggy had 4-point harnesses for both of them that were tied into the rollcage but the seats failed and she came out from underneath her harness during the multiple rollovers. She was gone by the time friends (one of which was an RN) reached them seconds after the accident to perform CPR. Her husband was one of those that was so safety conscious that he almost got in trouble for checking then tightening her harness almost a little too much before they left camp that morning. Some of you may remember me telling about helping a friend to restore his '73 CJ a few years ago? This is who it happened to.
He's nearly blind, for how long we don't know, from optical nerve damage from the impact and concussion, plus he has a badly broken leg and deep bruising around his torso. The only good thing about all this is that he survived, though he would gladly trade places with his wife/best friend... the poor guy is just crushed, they were married over 35 years.
So guys and gals, this stuff can and does happen to "us" and it did within my small circle of friends. If you are an offroader, be careful out there and don't relax about safety for even an instant. If tragedy like this can strike my conservative and very safety-minded best friends, it can happen to any of us.
I haven't cried like I did for her and them since I was a baby. Be safe people, take this stuff seriously. By the way, this happened the weekend we were doing Calico.
My heartfelt thoughts to you and your friend and family.
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im sorry to hear about yours and his loss, but its good you posted that because before i have even been off road yet you have educated me about how dangerous this can be. i just wish no ones life had to be lost. very sorry.
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Last edited by Dr Gutiemouth; 02-16-2003 at 03:57 PM..
jerry, that's too bad, man.... my heart goes out to them.
thanks for the post reminding us of the REAL dangers in this sport. this is a very fun sport, but.. not a GAME.
I'M GOING TO MOVE THIS THREAD OVER TO THE GENERAL DISCUSSION area so it gets more visibility.
I am reminded of this several times each year .. last year a fellow wheeler rolled his rig, and his wife and two young children were lost and he somehow survived. It took searchers almost two days to find them as they were wheeling alone. The loss of the rig was bad, but the loss of family was worse.
My condolences to you and yours .. as well as to the family members who were closest to them.
Vance and Wendy
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